Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 28th Jun 2010 23:01 UTC
Intel Intel has been working lately on "Atomising" the Android mobile OS in lieu of the upcoming Froyo (or 2.2) release so that it can be installed natively on x86 devices-- Atom-based netbooks in particular. Says Renee James, Senior VP for software and services at Intel: "Our expectation is that [native x86 Android] will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers... [it] wasn't tremendously difficult, as we have a lot experience in Linux". The fun is supposed to arrive for developers this summer.
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RE[8]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Wed 30th Jun 2010 10:07 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Laurence"
Laurence
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Talking about compatibility with consumer software. Itunes, MS Office, $favorite_game. That may not mean anything to you but everyone I know is tied to at least one Windows or OSX program.


Did you not read my post before replying?

* itunes: there's hundreds of media players that already run on ARM. So compatability there isn't an issue. As for syncing up to iTunes, it doesn't matter what hardware the device has (in fact iPad already syncs to iTunes and that's an ARM processor).

* MS Office: there's already lots of office suits that are MS Office compatable and run on ARM (OOo and KOffice being two high profile examples)

* $favorite_game: if you buy a netbook for gaming then you're quite simply an idiot. Not even Windows XP Netbooks would be powerful enough to run anything but card games (of which there's already a plethora for ARM), Tetris-type games (again, lots already for ARM) and so on. So your last point is plain stupid. The kind of games you can play on a netbook isn't propriatory gaming and furthermore there would be loads of clones already available for ARM.

Next time please read the post you're quoting before asking questions that have already been answered in that very post.


They don't use Flash but they come with a media and app store.


So does Linux. In fact, software repositories have existed in Linux since before the iPhone has even been around.



You're already asking a lot from consumers to buy a computer with an unfamiliar OS. Taking away Flash goes too far and Google realizes this which is why they are integrating it in their browser.

Apple did this and users coped.
Google did this with Android (remember Flash hasn't been integrated yet) and users coped.

Furthermore, why should an ARM OS be unfamiliar? My girlfriends EeePC was a familiar looking OS for her. Same Window behaviour, same Firefox web browser as on her desktop and OpenOffice looks akin to MS Office too. And Xandros is a woeful example of Linux. So if Xandros can manage it, then I'm pretty sure other distros could too.

Edited 2010-06-30 10:11 UTC

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