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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Its not the CPU... its the GPU
by vijayd81 on Sat 15th Sep 2012 00:00 UTC
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Intel uses a proprietary PowerVR GPU on this processor. Linux drivers for these GPUs are generally bad almost pathetic. The processor will work with linux, you might end up using a VESA driver for the GPU.

The next generation ATOM processor uses Intel's own GPU and it is fully supported in Linux. Hopefully, Intel will never use this GPU ever again.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:

Hopefully you're right. But even if you are, why the hell would anyone in their right mind want to use an x86 processor in a cell phone or tablet computer? Or *any* battery-operated portable device, for that matter. It's just downright retarded.

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sithlord2 Member since:

The PowerVR is also used in the ARM Pandaboard, and is fully accelerated on Linux. Both hardware mpeg4 encoding and decoding are available via GStreamer plugins and it has full X support with hardware acceleration. The drivers are not open-source, but that's a totally different issue.

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