Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Dec 2009 21:22 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Hardware, Embedded Systems What laptop does Richard Stallman use? A Dell, HP, maybe even an Apple? No - RMS uses a rather odd laptop, a netbook powered by the Chinese Loongson processor: the Yeeloong, a completely Free laptop. From BIOS to operating system, this machine is completely open source. Wired is running a very interesting article on the Loongson processor effort.
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RE: MIPS license?
by rbenchley on Wed 30th Dec 2009 22:11 UTC in reply to "MIPS license?"
rbenchley
Member since:
2005-11-03

I recall reading somewhere (perhaps Wikipedia, so take this for what you will) that the Longsoon is not 100% MIPS compatible, in part because they don't have a license to use the MIPS architecture. Either that, or that was why it was a China-only clone. In any case, it'll be an especially impressive effort if it succeeds. I just hope the patent considerations around a MIPS-compatible device are taken care of, or it'll be a much longer road before anyone sees massive sales.

They purchased licenses from MIPS, so there shouldn't be any patent issues.

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RE[2]: MIPS license?
by mabhatter on Sat 2nd Jan 2010 05:52 in reply to "RE: MIPS license?"
mabhatter Member since:
2005-07-17

"I recall reading somewhere (perhaps Wikipedia, so take this for what you will) that the Longsoon is not 100% MIPS compatible, in part because they don't have a license to use the MIPS architecture. Either that, or that was why it was a China-only clone. In any case, it'll be an especially impressive effort if it succeeds. I just hope the patent considerations around a MIPS-compatible device are taken care of, or it'll be a much longer road before anyone sees massive sales.

They purchased licenses from MIPS, so there shouldn't be any patent issues.
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Most importantly they have 1 Billion potential users just in their boarders. When they start wanting 5% of the population to have new computers that will dwarf anything Intel is capable of producing worldwide. Inside their boarders US patents are really hard to enforce as China doesn't really respect WIPO or WTO when it gets in the way. What's the US going to do, stop making iPods and Netbook and dog food in China?

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