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[2]: I'm almost excited
by AnyoneEB on Wed 25th Feb 2009 04:24 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm almost excited"
AnyoneEB
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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"
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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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