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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Probably not a "PC"
by vaette on Sat 15th Sep 2012 10:13 UTC
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I suspect that the reason for this is that Clover Trail makes away with a bunch of old PC conventions. One of the reasons why PCs have been unsuccessful at beating ARM in power usage is due to a lot of old hardware decisions.

This includes things like the PCI bus signalling being on a fast timer that can't be adjusted, the timer similarly, some aspects of the interrupt system, etc. These can be modified without end-user software having to care much, but the issue is that it breaks a lot of assumptions the operating system could otherwise make. As such I suspect that Microsoft and Intel have cooked up these modifications together, but Intel may not be intending to standardize them in this form, and will rather work on new fundamental PC platform specs that will replace both a lot of the current stuff and Clover Trail.

All speculation of course, but I highly doubt that this is a conspiracy where Intel secretly only gives the "good stuff" to Microsoft, that's just not in their interests.

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RE: Probably not a "PC"
by Kochise on Sat 15th Sep 2012 11:29 in reply to "Probably not a "PC""
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I think that Linux adapted on more various platforms, CPU, computer architectures than Windows ever done. So this is BS. <- PERIOD


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RE[2]: Probably not a "PC"
by vaette on Sat 15th Sep 2012 15:34 in reply to "RE: Probably not a "PC""
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I doubt Intel is saying that Linux can't be ported to Clover Trail, I think they are saying that they wont do the work or write the documentation necessary. With the motivation that it is not the way they intend the PC to head in the longer run.

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