Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 13:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems So, we have Intel and AMD. These guys are doing pretty well in laptops, servers, and of course desktops, but when it comes to mobile devices, they've so far been unable to adapt the x86 architecture to the stricter requirements that come with those devices. ARM, on the other hand, pretty much owns this market at this point. And you know what? It's time for Intel and AMD to get worried - really worried. ARM has just announced its Cortex-A15 MPCore chips - which will reach 2.5Ghz in quad-core configurations.
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RE[6]: Microsoft Windows + ARM?
by bert64 on Fri 10th Sep 2010 08:22 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Microsoft Windows + ARM?"
bert64
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2007-04-23

MS inhouse apps aren't the problem, they have the source for those and there's nothing to stop them recompiling them for a new architecture...

It's all the third party closed source apps, which also happen to be the biggest selling point of windows. Convincing companies to port their current apps would be extremely difficult, and then theres loads of effectively abandonware applications which would never get ported.

This is a problem open source doesn't have, since as long as one user who's handy with a compiler wants to use an application, it can be ported to the new platform.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

MS inhouse apps aren't the problem, they have the source for those and there's nothing to stop them recompiling them for a new architecture...

It's all the third party closed source apps,


Minor nitpick: it's all the third party closed source apps, and as well all the third party closed source drivers.

This is a problem open source doesn't have, since as long as one user who's handy with a compiler wants to use an application, it can be ported to the new platform.


Second minor nitpick: This is a problem open source doesn't have, since unlike Microsoft, open source has all the source code available to compile by anyone who cares to.

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/node/4641

As it turns out, all of the source needed for a Linux distribution for ARM is even available to ARM themselves.

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