Did Microsoft Just Kill Ubuntu Tablets?

Canonical has seemingly missed the tablet and smartphone bus. I am of the opinion that the company has failed to exploit the ‘opportunity’ there was for iPad alternatives. However, the company has eventually disclosed its plans for Ubuntu Tablets.

Canonical CEO Jane Silber told the TechWorld: “We are not on tablets now, but later this year I expect announcements in that area.”

There is no doubt that Canonical is looking at the ARM based hardware for its tablets. But Microsoft seemed to have nipped Ubuntu’s Tablet in the bud. The company tweaked its Windows Hardware Certification Requirements to effectively ban most alternative operating systems on ARM-based devices that ship with Windows 8.

On page 116 of Microsoft’s The Certification Requirements, there is a clear instructions for hardware vendors that under no circumstance should the installation of another OS be permitted.

MANDATORY: Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems.

This is assumingly the platform Ubuntu was looking for. So, does that mean Microsoft just killed all the possibilities of ARM-based Ubuntu Tablets?

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About Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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