Arm vs x86 vs MIPS in Netbook
Xiaofan Chen email (remove spam text)
On Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 11:33 PM, peter green <p10link.net> wrote: plugwash
>> ARM/x86/MIPS all can run Linux.
> They can but it's not about just running linux, it's about what is on
> top of linux.
> The result of this is most non-x86 netbooks are going to end up using a
> custom distro and switching away from it is going to be painful. While a
> custom distro gets arround the issues mentioned above it has problems of
> it's own. Installing extra software can often be a pain and the custom
> linux distro is likely stop getting security updates in an unacceptablly
> short timeframe (even major distros tend to have pretty short lifecycles
> for each release but at least with those there is typically a new
> release to upgrade to).
Do you think that big companies and organizations ( like Intel, Nokia,
Linux Foundations, ARM, Google and IBM) can help standardizing
the Linux distros for use in Smart Phones, MID and Netbook? I
understand this is difficult judging from the current fragmentation of
the Linux market.
On the CPU front, x86 seems to dominate now in the Netbook
market, followed by the MIPS. But I think ARM can be a
strong contender soon. PowerPC is missing here but it is
leading in the game console market.
On the OS front, both Windows XP and Linux are strong contenders.
The other potential contender is Windows Embedded (x86 only)
or Windows CE (x86, ARM, SH4 and MIPS) but it is a bit difficult
for them to compete with full-brown XP/Linux in the MID/Netbook
market. Mac OS X is another one if Apple sees the need to
go into the MID/Netbook market. Iphone gives them a good
start already in the smart phone market.
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