Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jan 2010 20:21 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yet another item on the iPad? Are we serious? Yes, we are, since this one is about something that even geeks who aren't interested in the iPad itself should find intriguing. Steve Jobs said yesterday that the iPad is powered by an Apple A4 processor, but contrary to what many seem to think - it wasn't designed in-house at all.
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RE[4]: windows 7 on ARM?
by lemur2 on Fri 29th Jan 2010 09:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: windows 7 on ARM?"
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" When they opt to purchase any Windows machine, people expect to be able to use all this software.

People won't be able to use any of this type of software if they purchase a new machine which runs Windows on ARM. So people will have to switch to a new set of applications if they are going to buy an ARM-based device.

If they are switching to a new set of applications anyway, this represents an ideal time for people to just ditch Windows and finally be rid of all the problems and encumberances it brings.

This is true for other OSs as well. For example, most comercial software available for Linux is x86 only.

So unless you have very general use cases, like most home users do, you are not going to migrate to other processor architectures.

It is true to some extent for Linux. Only on Linux, of all current desktop OSes, however, can you get a comprehensive set of applications for any architecture. There are upwards of 25,000 packages in Linux open source repositories.

One of the few applications that is commercial ONLY for Linux would be Varicad:

Although there are other Linux CAD packages, Varicad is AFAIK the only one which can process .dwg files.

Having noted that, however, it should also be pointed out that high-end commercial-only applications such as these aren't really in the picture when it comes to tablets and netbooks. One just isn't realistically going to be running Autocad or Varicad under Windows 7 on ARM, either.

Everything else ... every lightweight application class that one might actually WANT to run on a low-power ARM machine ... already exists as open source and is already ported to ARM for Linux.

Edited 2010-01-29 09:08 UTC

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RE[5]: windows 7 on ARM?
by boldingd on Fri 29th Jan 2010 20:13 in reply to "RE[4]: windows 7 on ARM?"
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Do recall that, some years ago, most major Linux distributions where available in x86 and PPC versions - Fedora, Ubuntu and Debian where, and I think Fedora and Debian still are? Simple fact is, Linux (and open-source OS's and software in general) are much more amenable to being shifted from one platform to another than closed-source ones are - and this can be shown to be the case by simple example.

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