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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by UltraZelda64 on Sun 16th Sep 2012 00:49 UTC
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Microsoft's latest copyrighted bits of ones and zeros known as Windows 8 needs a real, physical processor to process the operating system, far more than any single processor needs Windows. Microsoft's "virtual" environment doesn't mean shit without real computers in the world to actually make it work. The claim that the processor was literally designed for the operating system is a joke; Windows, and DOS before it, were designed for x86-based computers.

My first actual thought was, "well, if Intel will only support Windows with this Clover Trail processor, then the obvious logical response is that I won't support this processor by buying a system based on it or recommending it to other people." Simple enough. I've never heard of this specific processor in question, though. So I read to find out what it actually is: an Atom-based x86 system-on-a-chip meant to be used for portable battery-operated devices such as cell phones and tablets.

Then everything became clear as day: why the fuck would I even want to use x86 in portable devices? Seriously? Give me ARM, MIPS or some other simple RISC processor any day--a processor that was designed from the start for power efficiency that will conserve battery power by design, with no need to tweak the living shit out of it just to get minimal power savings. Just the thought of using an x86 processor on such a portable battery-operated device seems like a joke and makes me cringe. Really, Microsoft can keep their x86 battery guzzlers all to themselves for all I care.

The x86 architecture has its places... but inside battery-operated devices is not one of them. I don't care how much they morph and distort that architecture; it was never designed for such use in the first place. It made some sense with laptops, because they are just fully-integrated desktop systems in a portable package running the same OS, so the ability to run all the programs you're used to at home or work is a nice feature--even somewhat making up for the shitty battery life. But seriously--cell phones? Tablet computers? WTF?!?

Even more ironic is that with Windows 8, Microsoft is moving the operating system down a path that will eventually completely eliminate backwards compatibility with older Windows "desktop" programs as they try to (and probably eventually will) force Metro onto everyone. So, with the traditional desktop being purposely rendered obsolete and eventually a thing of the past, why the hell would anyone even have a need for x86? Especially on these systems it was never designed for to begin with?

The insanity of this whole situation is disturbing.

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