Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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Read the article dammit
by Gullible Jones on Fri 14th Sep 2012 23:27 UTC
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The CPU will have advanced power-saving features that Windows 8 will support, but which Linux currently does not support. Until support for those features is implemented on Linux, Linux support for the CPU will not be very good to say the least.

(Frankly I have no problem with that... Yet. My opinion may change as further news comes in.)

Now if they have the chip hard-wired to choke on anything that looks like Linux kernel, that would be unfair. But it really doesn't look to me like that's what's going on.

Edit: sorry, read the article but not Thom's comments. My take right now is that this may be ignorance on part of the marketing guys. I won't rule out the possibility that Intel deliberately broke Linux support, but it strikes me as unlikely.

Edit 2: Oh... Hurray irony.

Edited 2012-09-14 23:36 UTC

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