Quote from abishur on August 18, 2011, 14:13
We were actually discussing this on another thread (I forget which one, I think we were off topic
) when it was mentioned that even with ARM support windows 8 (or CE for that matter) will not work on the r-pi. The issue at hand is this little binary blob in the broadcom chip. Basic broadcom won't release it open source (and hey, I don't blame them, they're a business they gotta keep the core of their technology a little close). Without that blob theirs apparently some issue getting everything to work right.
So we've been told not to hold our breath for windows OS support.
It's not the binary blobs fault - that would stay the same for whatever OS you were using. But you would need to completely rewrite the linux drivers to work under an Arm compiled version of Windows. That's the big job. And unless someone comes forward to pay for it (Another customer for the SoC who wants Windows support rather than Linux), very unlikely to happen.
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