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[News] GNU/Linux Mobile Computers Expected to Sell Over a Hundred Million

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Mobile Computers Expected to Sell Over a Hundred Million
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:58:46 +0000
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Smartbooks to reach 165 million units in 2015, says study

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| ABI Research is projecting that 165 million 
| "smartbooks" will ship in 2015. The secret 
| for success for these non-x86-based, "always 
| on" netbooks and MIDs is to keep the price 
| under $200, says the research group.
| [...]
| Indeed, in ABI's research, smartbooks appear 
| to be subsets of netbooks and MIDs. In an ABI 
| report from last year, the rise of low-cost 
| ARM-based netbooks (i.e. smartbooks) sold in 
| developing countries was considered to be a 
| chief reason why the research firm projects 
| that Linux will take the lead from Windows in 
| the netbook market by 2013.


ARM strengthens low power hand, targets smart grid

,----[ Quote ]
| As Intel moves into its heartland territory 
| in smartphones, processor firm ARM is 
| extending its reach in turn. With Intel's 
| efforts to reduce power consumption 
| dramatically in Atom as yet unproven, ARM 
| hangs on to its power advantage, and is 
| moving more aggressively into embedded 
| wireless and the 'internet of things'.



Are smartbooks and Linux meant for each other?

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.

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