Linked by David Adams on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:03 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Would you believe that ARM processors, those little chips that power so many smartphones and tablets, have a future on servers? Ubuntu does.
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Which is more important?
by Thomas2005 on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 13:27 UTC
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2005-11-07

Getting a 64-bit processor at current speeds and number of cores, or getting current processors running at 3+GHz? As far as 32-bit processors only being able to access 4GB RAM, I believe ARM has found a way to address the problem without it being "hackish".

Since ARM processors are customized for specific devices, it would help if a generic model would be released so we could buy it and build our own ARM-based desktops, and/or buy laptops with ARM processors in them. Windows, I believe, is what has kept this from happening, at least indirectly. If you take all the people that use Linux/*BSD, I bet the vast majority of them multi-boot with Windows so you will have that many less customers. Hopefully, this will change when Windows 8 is released.

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RE: Which is more important?
by TechGeek on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 17:58 in reply to "Which is more important?"
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2006-01-14

actually, ARM is pretty generic. The extras in our devices come to deliver video decoding, 3d accelerated graphics, and such. Those aren't really the type of things you would need on a server platform.

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