Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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Read the article dammit
by Gullible Jones on Fri 14th Sep 2012 23:27 UTC
Gullible Jones
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2006-05-23

The CPU will have advanced power-saving features that Windows 8 will support, but which Linux currently does not support. Until support for those features is implemented on Linux, Linux support for the CPU will not be very good to say the least.

(Frankly I have no problem with that... Yet. My opinion may change as further news comes in.)

Now if they have the chip hard-wired to choke on anything that looks like Linux kernel, that would be unfair. But it really doesn't look to me like that's what's going on.

Edit: sorry, read the article but not Thom's comments. My take right now is that this may be ignorance on part of the marketing guys. I won't rule out the possibility that Intel deliberately broke Linux support, but it strikes me as unlikely.

Edit 2: Oh... Hurray irony.

Edited 2012-09-14 23:36 UTC

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RE: Read the article dammit
by dsmogor on Sat 15th Sep 2012 12:09 in reply to "Read the article dammit"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

If they do intend to publish the CPU specs (as any self respecting x86 company has done for years) then no problem.
But the article tells about running at all and win8 exclusivity, bringing me to the conclusion no specs are going to hit the streets.
And in the space the clover tail work power management is about as important as running at all.

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RE: Read the article dammit
by Stephen! on Sat 15th Sep 2012 18:07 in reply to "Read the article dammit"
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

The CPU will have advanced power-saving features that Windows 8 will support


Is that because Windows 8 is more of a "resource hog" and needs the power-saving features because it's more demanding on the tablet's battery?

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Or is it because x86 is just a battery guzzler, and no matter what it's stupid to be using it in situations where power resources are highly limited?

But, well, lets morph this thing into something it was never designed to be, because oh no, we can't let better architectures like ARM and MIPS do their thing and compete where they technically mop the floor with us. No, no, no--we need to start invading their territory, even if in the end the customers lose with shittier battery life due to the x86/Windows combination.

Edited 2012-09-16 01:21 UTC

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