In his investigations of the response of the world to “8” and “secure boot”, SJVN reports:
“In my conversations with original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s many of them have also had trouble laying their hands on this hardware. With Windows 8 being released to manufacturing (RTM) in early August That makes me wonder just how many Windows 8 systems actually will be rolling out in the 3rd and 4th quarters. That, of course, leaves aside the entire question of how much demand will there really be for Windows 8 PCs anyway.”
So, not only is M$ messing with competition by insisting on “secure boot” but M$ is making uptake of “8” a “next-year” thing. More vapour-ware…
By the time M$ and “partners” get their acts together, the world will have moved on to FLOSS on ARM and hardware not locked-in to M$.