Sorry for my ignorance, but what exactly is the SDE. I know what it stands for, but is it an actual working FW or as a relative newby to Android with no Linux experience, is it best to forget about it.
Well if you read the release terms it states that installing it voids the warranty.
Generally a SDK kit is used for software development platform. In this case a workbench for building android applications for 8 gen devices.
Using a development version as production purpose is never a good idea.
That's worse than a mixed metaphor. There is a difference between SDE and SDK. An SDK, specifically, is a software developers kit. It would include tools for building, testing and packaging software and most importantly it is very deeply integrated with key libraries. It is really essential. That is not what the SDE is at all
If you haven't a clue then unless you want to learn how to develop software stay away. It's simple. Read what it says. Ready to void your warranty?
jkajolin says it's never a good idea, but misses that when you fire it up you will find that you are missing anything proprietary from before, which means unless you are developing it's a downgrade.
What this means is that people who do want to develop software can now make gen 8 tablets run other operating systems. This would primarily mean Linux OSs and will probably mean dual boot. So the very interesting thing to watch for is someone releasing dual boot Android and MeeGo. I don't know if I want to code on this as I have enough to do but I'd sure like to be able to run this.
Go search MeeGo. It's an operating system based on the Linux kernel with a UI developed for tablets. Not only is it a captivating and intriguing UI but it also means you can run pretty much any Linux program... Which means your tablet really could replace your notebook.