Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 20:13 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Ah, the ARM chip. ARM is a hugely successful architecture, and can be found in just about every cell phone or other small device out there. ARM, however, wants more, and for a long time now we've been hearing predictions about an upcoming massive rise in ARM netbooks - so far, this hasn't materialised. Warren East, ARM's CEO, said in an interview with PC Pro that netbooks could one day make up 90% of the laptop market - preferably powered by ARM processors of course.
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by deathshadow on Thu 4th Feb 2010 13:26 UTC
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... and welcome to 2008 with the same naive pipedream bull we've been hearing for ages.

The average consumer doesn't care about RISC vs. CISC, they don't care about the "free as in freedom" propaganda, and frankly, they want Windows.

When it comes to a netbook, that means they want a downsized laptop, NOT an upsized PDA. In the PDA form factor you're able to get away with a lot of **** in terms of neutered capabilities because people expect it. You add a keyboard and a 800x480 or larger screen people expect more; and sorry to say that as a desktop OS Linux/Free software doesn't deliver and frankly, neither does Windows CE/Mobile.

ARM powered netbooks in first world nations are likely to be relegated to impulse buys that, as I've said before, should end up thrown in the back of the sock drawer alongside those AMD Geode powered thin clients, the Newton, the Atari Portfolio, and a whole host of other devices that weren't actually useful for doing any work on, and were more just toys for dicking around with.

... and until there's a REAL Desktop OS with REAL applications instead of rinky half-assed tinker-toys in perpetual 'catch-up' mode to commercial apps, I don't see that changing.

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