Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Feb 2009 18:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Chip company ARM is prepping to make its move into the netbook market, and now it has shown off a few prototype designs that really show off the benefits of using the ARM platform: thanks to passive cooling, no fans are required, enabling ARM netbooks to be much thinner and lighter than their Intel counterparts. Thanks to ZDNet, we have a nice video overview of these ARM netbooks - as well as a few very tiny ARM desktop machines.
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RE: I'm almost excited
by darknexus on Tue 24th Feb 2009 19:23 UTC in reply to "I'm almost excited"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Well, if they're integrating Wifi, as they most likely will, what would you need ndiswrapper for? I'm actually asking, not ridiculing.
As for flash, I think the best you could hope for at the moment is use of Gnash or Swfdec, though Adobe might eventually port their implementation to arm. I wouldn't count on Skype at all, however, they're not even interested in compiling their Linux application for 64-bit. This doesn't speak well to their willingness to port it to Linux/ARM.

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RE[2]: I'm almost excited
by AnyoneEB on Wed 25th Feb 2009 04:24 in reply to "RE: I'm almost excited"
AnyoneEB Member since:
2008-10-26

The Nokia n810 (ARM/Linux-based internet tablet) comes with Flash and Skype, so ARM Linux versions of both exist.

ndiswrapper/w32codecs require x86 (or x86 emulation), but I am not sure how much the codecs are actually needed. I have not tried much, but mplayer on my n810 has yet to have trouble with any video I have thrown at it.

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RE[3]: I'm almost excited
by lemur2 on Wed 25th Feb 2009 05:21 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm almost excited"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The Nokia n810 (ARM/Linux-based internet tablet) comes with Flash and Skype, so ARM Linux versions of both exist. ndiswrapper/w32codecs require x86 (or x86 emulation), but I am not sure how much the codecs are actually needed. I have not tried much, but mplayer on my n810 has yet to have trouble with any video I have thrown at it.


NDISwrapper is not required for any chip that has a "native" Linux driver. Atheros and Intel are the best here, Ralink also to a lesser extent.

VLC plays everything other than RealPlayer formats. The same is true of FFmpeg. w32codecs are no longer needed on Linux systems.

The Nokia N810 even has a KDE 4.2 desktop port:

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/02/kde-42-and-koffice-...

There is no need on ARM for x86 emulation.

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RE[2]: I'm almost excited
by psychicist on Wed 25th Feb 2009 16:30 in reply to "RE: I'm almost excited"
psychicist Member since:
2007-01-27

I read a press release a while ago that Adobe were going to port their Flash 10 Linux player to ARM, so I think that's not much of an issue. I'd like to see one for MIPS(EL) too or fix Gnash to make it build and function correctly on that architecture.

I don't have much hope for a Skype port, but binary translation support in Loongson 2G/3 will probably make the x86 release run acceptably. Couldn't such support be added to some ARM cores as well?

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