Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2011 22:46 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yes, another item, right away. I'm on the hunt for a mini-ITX motherboard for use in a living room HTPC, and considering there's so much choice out there, I'm a little confused. Then I realised I have you people to help me out, and, well, one thing led to another.
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Neolander
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2010-03-08

It's most likely possible to virtualize x86 apps within Windows 8. But I guess he will most likely opt for the WINTEL platform as a whole.

Depends what he wants to run on it, I think. Chances are good that virtualizing x86 on ARM is going to be extremely inefficient, due to the differences between both architectures that have to be emulated away (remember x86 VM performance before VT-x and AMD-v were out ?). And ARM chips are not renowned for their sheer CPU power...

So whether basic apps can run smoothly is already a big question, and if Thom wants to run anything power-hungry (think Adobe software), he's probably out of luck.

I'm all for alternative OSs myself (heck, I'm even developing one myself, even though as far as I'm concerned the current ARM ecosystem could die a painful death), but his "I want it to replace my work PC and connect with my iPad" requirement is quite strong.

Edited 2011-08-08 06:46 UTC

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IvoLimmen Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm all for alternative OSs myself (heck, I'm even developing one myself, even though as far as I'm concerned the current ARM ecosystem could die a painful death), but his "I want it to replace my work PC and connect with my iPad" requirement is quite strong.


Let ARM die? Do you want a world without HTPC's, Smartphones, Network computer and iPad's (yes it's an ARM derivative)?

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Let ARM die? Do you want a world without HTPC's, Smartphones, Network computer and iPad's (yes it's an ARM derivative)?

Only the current closed ARM ecosystem ;) Bring me unlocked bioses and easy flashing on most devices, full and free kernel developer documentation that's comparable to the Intel one, and a decent level of cross-SoC standardization, and I'm all for developing ARM stuff myself.

Edited 2011-08-08 07:07 UTC

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