Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 20:13 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Ah, the ARM chip. ARM is a hugely successful architecture, and can be found in just about every cell phone or other small device out there. ARM, however, wants more, and for a long time now we've been hearing predictions about an upcoming massive rise in ARM netbooks - so far, this hasn't materialised. Warren East, ARM's CEO, said in an interview with PC Pro that netbooks could one day make up 90% of the laptop market - preferably powered by ARM processors of course.
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RE[2]: it's in the pipe lines
by strcpy on Thu 4th Feb 2010 04:39 UTC in reply to "RE: it's in the pipe lines"
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It is not Microsoft that will dictate if the port of Windows to ARM is a success, it is the non Microsoft applications that the users will demand.

While I agree with you partially, I think we typically miss the mark with this kind of discussion.

If there is sufficient demand, I am entirely sure that most of the x86 Windows applications will be ported to ARM. And, well, even the word "port" is too strong here; for an user space application, ARM just a CPU architecture and in majority of cases recompilation (with perhaps some minor maintenance) is the only thing required.

As for the article, I am not sure to whom the guy is speaking to. To me, it sounded like it might be the shareholders.

IMHO, the time lag will give the likes of Google & Canonical to make their packaged offerings much slicker for the key success factors. Many of the apps that MS would have to rely on for their package to be a success are already in a standard Linux distro.

And then there is the question whether these applications in Linux distributions really are comparable to their Windows equivalents.

Perhaps the last episode (you know, the original "Linux on netbooks") in this crusade against M-dollar-sign showed that consumers really did not fancy Linux.

Edited 2010-02-04 04:44 UTC

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Actually, I doubt most consumers got to see any Linux netbooks. There weren't many big retail stores carrying them even in the beginning, and that's where most people go to get things like that.
Of course, the buggy, crippled distros the likes of Asus and Acer stuck on those machines, with a patently obvious lack of any testing whatsoever, might have had something to do with this too. Ever dealt with the Xandros crap on the Asus Eee models? No wonder the few consumers that bought it were pissed off. You'd be hard pressed to find an os more buggy than that, even Vista didn't break half as much as that did.
Most early buyers were tinkerers and geeks and, by the time the more typical consumers caught on to netbooks, the Linux models were all but gone from the major OEMs anyway.

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