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Linux "The Linux operating system for the Raspberry Pi bare-bones computer is ready to download. The Arch Linux ARM download is based on Arch Linux, which the Raspberry Pi Foundation says 'provides a lightweight base structure that allows you to shape the system to your needs'."
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Comment by Stephen!
by Stephen! on Tue 6th Mar 2012 00:50 UTC
Stephen!
Member since:
2007-11-24

Is this why Microsoft wants to port Windows to ARM then?

Because with it's dependency on x86 it potentially risks being locked out of running on computers such as the Raspberry Pi.

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by thebluesgnr on Tue 6th Mar 2012 05:05 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

Microsoft ported Windows to ARM mostly for consumer devices like tablets and phones.

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by Kivada on Tue 6th Mar 2012 06:32 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

No, they did so to compete with iOS and Android mostly.

But seeing more hardware like this, the Cotton Candy, PandaBoard, Beagle Board as well as machines like the OpenPandora and the stuff AlwaysInnovating are working on could pose a threat as soon as next year with the quad core Cortex A-15 series with their Mali-T658 GPUs that are supposed to have round about the graphics processing power of a PS3.

Hopefully by then OpenCL will be hammered out and we'll see be able to see what can really be done on ARM hardware as OpenCL 1.1 is a stated feature of the next gen Mali GPUs.

A quad core ARM CPU with a GPU that supports WebGL and OpenCL a DSP that can handle H.264 and VP8 @ 1080p w/ 2Gb+ of ram will easily be more then "good enough" for the vast majority of users our there.

I wouldn't put it past Canonical and Mozilla to try their hand at selling such a beast to the general public in either tablet, netbook or nettop form.

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RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by Laurence on Tue 6th Mar 2012 11:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Canonical have publicly stated that they're trying to make inroads on tablets and other such embedded devices and you can see their intention with Unity and how it scales better for embedded devices (from TVs through to tablets) than a traditional WIMP environment would.

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