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Google Qualcomm showed off a previously unannounced Eee PC running Android at Computex in Taipei. The machine has a 10-inch screen, built-in webcam, and a universal 3G radio that supports all UMTS and CDMA networks on all frequencies used around the world. The 'smartbook' runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon, a 1GHz ARM processor core that marks a shift away from Intel Atom x86-based netbooks. A second Android-based netbook -- a prototype by contract hardware maker Compal Electronics -- was also demoed at the show. Google, meanwhile, declined to discuss what steps it is taking to adapt the smartphone OS for laptops.
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Left hand meet right hand
by MrWeeble on Mon 1st Jun 2009 18:52 UTC
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2007-04-18

Snapdragon is an ARM chip and thus not x86 compatible. Therefore Windows (the desktop line - I know about and am ignoring CE) will not run on it (unless MS have been doing what Apple did and maintaining versions of Windows for different processors - just in case)

So if Asus/Eee are planning a new completely non-windows ARM based device, what is this all about http://www.osnews.com/story/21589/Asus_Microsoft_Launch_Anti-Linux_...

A case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing?

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RE: Left hand meet right hand
by _gbk on Mon 1st Jun 2009 20:03 in reply to "Left hand meet right hand"
_gbk Member since:
2009-02-25

An arm port of Windows wont be of much use without apps to run on it.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

An arm port of Windows wont be of much use without apps to run on it.

Well, Microsoft could always integrate x86 emulation into Windows so that you could run x86 applications on ARM Windows.. You'd sacrifice helluva lot of performance then though, so it wouldn't work for any intensive applications. It would probably work for any simpler apps like f.ex. office work.

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RE: Left hand meet right hand
by kaiwai on Mon 1st Jun 2009 20:34 in reply to "Left hand meet right hand"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Snapdragon is an ARM chip and thus not x86 compatible. Therefore Windows (the desktop line - I know about and am ignoring CE) will not run on it (unless MS have been doing what Apple did and maintaining versions of Windows for different processors - just in case)

So if Asus/Eee are planning a new completely non-windows ARM based device, what is this all about http://www.osnews.com/story/21589/Asus_Microsoft_Launch_Anti-Linux_...

A case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing?


Or the case of someone putting up a website which has no association with ASUS - I've seen many websites in the past trying to pass themselves off as Microsoft websites when in reality they're nothing more than pathetic resellers trying to boost their sales through dodgy marketing tactics. Given that the website is registered to a 'Michael Sharp' to which the phone number provided on the whois cannot be verified and the address given doesn't give a specific organisation given that the address has something like 14 business operating from it - I doubt it has any link back to ASUS.

As for ARM processors; they need to get Flash working, without flash and some decent CODEC support for music and video, its going to be 'epic fail'. The problem that I see is that if ASUS does ship this, they'll try to do it on the cheap and thus have missing key components to make the internet experience alot more pleasant.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

As for ARM processors; they need to get Flash working, without flash and some decent CODEC support for music and video, its going to be 'epic fail'. The problem that I see is that if ASUS does ship this, they'll try to do it on the cheap and thus have missing key components to make the internet experience alot more pleasant.

Adobe Flash does exist for ARM processors already AFAIK, and they could always use Gnash as a backup. And FFMPEG supports almost every codec out there and what it doesn't support can be found in other packages. I don't have that Win32codecs package installed on my Linux at all yet everything I've thrown at my Linux has worked just peachy.

But yeah, given ASUS's bad track record at actually doing any decent job at anything their product will most likely not be anything spectacular.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

As for ARM processors; they need to get Flash working, without flash and some decent CODEC support for music and video, its going to be 'epic fail'. The problem that I see is that if ASUS does ship this, they'll try to do it on the cheap and thus have missing key components to make the internet experience alot more pleasant.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnash
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swfdec

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTASC
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_for_Linux

All available as source code.

Even certain parts of Adobe's own Flash code are available as open source code for free.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/01/adobe_flash_builder_catalys...

Flash is not anyhwere near the problem that you seem to think it may be.

As for codecs ... open source has a zillion of them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libavcodec

This is the codec library used by the best media player available, also open source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLC_media_player

Also not a problem. Out-of-the-box codec support on open source systems is better than that on proprietary systems.

Edited 2009-06-01 23:37 UTC

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