Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Dec 2009 00:48 UTC, submitted by Yama
Hardware, Embedded Systems We've seen a lot of reports going back and forth about whether or not Linux is doing well in the netbook space. As it turns out, research firm ABI Research as well as Dell say about one third of their machines ship with Linux pre-installed - which is pretty darn impressive.
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Linux on ARM
by timalot on Tue 8th Dec 2009 08:46 UTC
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How well does desktop Linux ARM work? I bet not as good as x86....

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RE: Linux on ARM
by darknexus on Tue 8th Dec 2009 09:15 in reply to "Linux on ARM"
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Why would you say that? It's not as though you'll have to give up much, if any, of the Linux software you're used to. It would depend greatly on the particular ARM chip used and any accelerator chips included with it. Linux running on, say, an iPhone for example wouldn't run nearly as well as it would on an ARM Cortex A8. With the right setup, it would sure blow Atom out of the water. ARM and X86 are both architectures, so you can't compare one to the other without comparing specific chips or chip families.

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RE[2]: Linux on ARM
by daveak on Tue 8th Dec 2009 15:48 in reply to "RE: Linux on ARM"
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The iPhone 3GS is using a Cortex-A8

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RE: Linux on ARM
by lemur2 on Tue 8th Dec 2009 10:49 in reply to "Linux on ARM"
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How well does desktop Linux ARM work? I bet not as good as x86....


GCC supports ARM.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Compiler_Collection#Architectures

FOSS packages are, for the most part, written to be compiled by GCC.

FOSS packages (including Linux itself) are OPEN SOURCE ... and therefore the source code is available. To anyone. There are perhaps as many as a hundred thousand or so such packages. Most of them will run on ARM with just a re-compile, but some might require a bit more effort than that to port.

The best ARM specification AFAIK is a 2GHz dual core part, that uses about 1 watt.

http://www.arm.com/news/25922.html
http://www.desinformado.com/2009/09/arm-launched-the-2ghz-cortex-a9...

For a netbook, this part should blow Atom out of the water.

Edited 2009-12-08 10:53 UTC

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RE[2]: Linux on ARM
by gustl on Tue 8th Dec 2009 14:40 in reply to "RE: Linux on ARM"
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For a netbook, this part should blow Atom out of the water.


In that regard I would say: It depends.

It will depend on the application selected for comparison, which peripheral chips are used (northbridge, RAM, GPU).

OOo for example still is sensitive to upstart time, so it depends on processor power during random hard disk read access. If the ARM platform can handle such a scenario well, it will be good, if not, Atom will still be faster even at far lower clock speeds.

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