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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RE: Comment by deathshadow
by Morgan on Thu 4th Feb 2010 20:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by deathshadow"
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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.


You do realize where you are posting this right? A lot of us here really enjoy "dicking around with" these types of "toys".

Besides, the first netbooks put out by ASUS were little more than toys compared to full laptops and desktops, yet look at the mini-revolution they've spawned in the past three years. I have a client who bought an HP Mini specifically because she was looking for something portable and cheap to take to Kenya several times a year, yet useful enough to displace her bulky laptop. If it wasn't for those first ASUS "toys" there wouldn't have been a market for the Mini, which by the way is a bit more powerful and gets much better battery life than my wife's budget full-sized laptop, and runs the exact same apps better. Toy, indeed.

But we were discussing ARM machines, so:


... 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.


Why does one need a desktop OS on a device that would be out of place on top of a desk? Netbooks were never meant to be desktop replacements, whereas most modern full size laptops can be. As for "real applications", well I think the 28,000+ apps listed in Synaptic on my Linux Mint install count for something. Given there are at least one or two alternatives to nearly every commercial Windows app in the Linux world, some of which do the job better, I'd say Linux is the perfect OS choice for an ultraportable device.

And lest you retort with "well you're just another Linux fanboy", I'm equally at home on OS X, Windows, Linux, BeOS/Haiku and OS/2, with a particular fondness for OS X and BeOS. My mantra is to use what works best for the given situation, and on a netbook I see Linux as the best choice for now, with Haiku a close second. Once Haiku matures and gets some good app support, I have no doubt it will be the go-to OS for netbooks.

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