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[News] ARM in Sub-notebooks is All About GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] ARM in Sub-notebooks is All About GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:11:13 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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ARM and Global Foundries push mobile chip development 

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| The joint SoC platform is based on the 
| Cortex A9 processor and ARM's physical IP, 
| but taps GloFo's experience with 28nm High-
| K Metal Gate process to create a proven 
| reference design for manufacturers of 
| smartphones, smartbooks, tablets and a host 
| of other mobile devices.


Are smartbooks and Linux meant for each other?

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| Since the desktop line of Windows currently 
| doesnât run on ARM processors, we can 
| exclude XP/Vista/7 from the list of likely 
| contenders as smartbook operating systems. 
| Windows 7 successors are currently not 
| planned to be ported to ARM and even that 
| wouldnât be a complete solution since 
| Windows applications will have to be ported 
| as well (a very wide, close-sourced 
| ecosystem).
| [...]
| Linux on the other hand has a very good 
| technical background on ARM. It has no 
| limitations for processing cores and 
| operating memory and has targeted 
| distributions for this architecture. 
| Android is an outstanding example but 
| several well-known distributions â like 
| Ubuntu â have ARM ports in addition to 
| their x86 base edition. Also, due to the 
| fact that most of the Linux applications 
| are open-source, they are at least possible 
| to port, so we can expect the full usual 
| complement of desktop Linux applications to 
| show up on an ARM Linux distribution when 
| the need becomes visible for them.


The Gdium Liberty 1000 clearly stands out from the pack

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| Innovative architecture entrenched in the 
| open-source world, elegant and sober 
| design, yet stylish, security and mobility 
| with the G-Key, a personal and bootable USB 
| key, Gdium is an ultraportable computer 
| that is one of the cornerstones of a wider 
| environment dedicated to knowledge, 
| communication and learning.




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| We are only a few weeks into 2010 and there is
| word that ARM will be doing the SMP/multi-core
| thing and still run 12 hours on a charge. Are
| we there yet? Yes. These devices have all the
| power normal users need, in a phone handset.
| Imagine what ARM can put in a desktop or
| notebook. The reign of x86-64 is nearing an
| end.


ARM: More than 1.3 billion served in Q4 2009

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| ARM Holdings announced that more than 1.3
| billion chips based on its designs were sold
| during the fourth quarter of 2009. Reporting
| better-than-expected financial results, the
| company added that it's signing up licensees
| for three new designs, code-named "Eagle,"
| "Heron," and "Merlin."

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