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 DeadFishMan on Tue 24th Feb 2009 23:16 UTC in reply to "I'm almost excited"
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What about flash and skype? I hate to pull out two binary blobs as reasons not to support such a cool device but my reality is that I use both of these every day. Also, are all the same codecs going to work? win32 codecs, etc? NDIS wrapper? Do these things integrate bluetooth and webcams?


Flash might be a problem but one might try to get by with Gnash and swfdec. Who knows? This might be what it takes to get Adobe to port their Flash player to the ARM platform or at least help out the open source efforts by releasing some more specs so that the OSS developers can bring theirs up to snuff.

NDISWrapper? Why?

There are some SIP-to-Skype gateways already out there - although I haven't used one, so I can't attest how well they supposedly work - that will probably make Skype less of a problem in the foreseeing future.

Windows codec are not strictly required anymore as ffmpeg is about to catch up with most of the codecs available out there. Stuff like XviD, DivX, Matroska, H264 are more or less "OSS" anyway or can be easily ported to any platform and MPlayer can play pretty much anything that you throw at it. Seriously, other than the crappy Real codecs, you hardly need the w32codecs these days.

Taking these out of the equation, and you have literally thousands of software offerings at one's fingertips thanks to the OSS huge catalog of software that can be ported to other processor architectures quickly.

And the best of all is that Microsoft will not be able to simply dump XP and take over this market like they did with the previous generation of netbooks, so for the first time in like, forever, the playfield will be more or less even. They can try to push WinCE or some other embedded thing but they will not have the massive software catalog that XP enjoys feeding their bottom line.

I can personally see people going in droves to purchase this thing. The prince point sounds about right, the performance is not bad - seriously, I used to get by with a lot older rig until recently - the thing seems to be able to display 720p videos decently and nobody can seriously argue against the battery life. This is a keeper!

Edited 2009-02-24 23:23 UTC

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