Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th May 2011 21:50 UTC, submitted by fran
Windows The ARM version of Windows 8 might have just become the most desired version of Windows in our hearts and minds. After us talking about legacy code and backwards compatibility in Windows for years now, an Intel senior vice president, Renee James, has just stated that Windows 8 on ARM will not have any form of compatibility for legacy applications whatsoever. Update: Microsoft has responded to Intel's claims. "Intel's statements during yesterday's Intel Investor Meeting about Microsoft's plans for the next version of Windows were factually inaccurate and unfortunately misleading," the company said, "From the first demonstrations of Windows on SoC, we have been clear about our goals and have emphasized that we are at the technology demonstration stage. As such, we have no further details or information at this time."
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RE[5]: Comment by orestes
by toast88 on Fri 20th May 2011 00:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by orestes"
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"Examples are hardware drivers, JITs in Google Chrome, Firefox, Flash Player, Java, multimedia codecs etc.

So, name the app from your list that isn't working on ARM.

It's not about running them, it's about PERFORMANCE. It makes a huge difference if you just use (highly portable) C code for A/V codecs and JIT compilers or assembly.

Ever used "mplayer" and wondered why it tries to detect the CPU you are using?

Ever compared the JS performance of IE 32 bits vs. 64 bits?

Just have a look at the benchmark results and you will understand.

Furthermore, you won't be able to run any plugins unless you have something like "nsplugwin-wrapper".

Trust me, I'm running Linux on loads of plattforms: x86, x86_64, m68k, SPARC and PPC, I know what can easily be ported and what not =).


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