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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I recently bought an emachines D620 with AMD 2250e 22w low power processor. It came preinstalled with vista basic, but is dog slow. XP also didn't cut it, even after paring it down to bare bones. Suse 11.1 with Xfce ran well. So for these arm machines, I think, they made the right choice with ubuntu.
They can further increase the batter life or performance by recoding the power hungry applications. From my experience with porting video codecs to ARM processors, they can easily get 20-40% boost in performance. They can also cut down any background services not needed in a netbook. This will boost short term acceptance.

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There is also largely inefficient parts of the components that make up the Linux desktop - HAL and its constant polling as one example of this. There are various parts of the GNOME desktop like this as well, so it isn't just 'bloated' applications but also components that need to be rethought when it comes to communication - replacing the polling method with one where by information is sent from the source rather akin to something of kqueue.

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epistaxsis Member since:

I will be buying one of these machines when they come out in th UK.

It will be interesting to see what they have managed to do with ubuntu and its (or is this a more general *nix problem?) system resources issues (i.e. it needs *lots* <-- OK from what I have seen in the x86 versions...)

So I agree with you there will hopefully be some *serious* optimisations coming

Edited 2009-02-24 23:20 UTC

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