If you don't understand why locking the bootloader is such a big issue – the bootloader is the first thing that runs when you click the 'on' button on your computer. It finds the operating system (e.g. Windows) and starts it up. If your bootloader is locked, you can't install another OS (such as Linux) even if you wanted to. And that is a very anti-competitive behaviour: it means that the consumer is forced to use the OS that was delivered by the hardware manufacturer.
It's kind of like how Microsoft made Internet Explorer the default in Windows, until an EU commission told them they needed to give users a choice of five browsers during the Windows setup phase: Consumers should be allowed to choose between competing products. And it's also alarming how often high-tech companies are trying to get away with this type of anti-competitive behaviour.
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ANDROID FANS UNITE! – We need your help!
Asus has locked the bootloader of their Transformer Prime. We, the Android Community, need to band together as we banded together a few months back against HTC. We used social media to fight against HTC's decision a few months back. Since then, HTC rescinded on their statement, has unlocked numerous devices back to back, released kernel sources and has even setup a complete opensource developer website.
We the Android Community need your help once again.
The fight is already beginning on Twitter and Facebook. Bring the fight to Google+.
How you can help. Bring the fight to Asus:
Bloggers: Please report on this issue. We need Asus to hear our voices.
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