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Re: [News] ARM Processors Linux Support

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On Thu, 04 May 2006 15:24:42 +0100,
 Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> __/ [ Ray Ingles ] on Thursday 04 May 2006 14:57 \__
>> On 2006-05-04, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>| Atmel has announced that it has chosen TimeSys, the embedded
>>>| Linux specialist, as the source of the primary Linux distribution
>>>| mechanism for their latest ARM-based processors.
>>> `----
>>  Note that it's routine for CPU manufacturers to make sure that Linux
>> supports their offerings if at all possible. That immediately makes a
>> large amount of software available.
>>  Atmel isn't adding ARM support per se, they are optimizing Linux to run
>> particularly well on their particular ARMs. Note also that they are
>> using this as a source of revenue, offering support for a fee.
> Ray,
> I guess I opted for an overstatement in the subject line and I *did* pause
> before posting it as-is. Atmel just wasn't a name to be recognised.

they're huge in the embedded processor market. 

> I was fully aware that Linux support for ARM was not (re-)'invented'. In
> fact, back in 2002 I extended and programmed an ARM front-end that was using
> GTK. Find it (even download it if you wish, but use HTTP as my host disabled
> FTP) at:

arm is a family, far more diverse than say, x86. 

> http://schestowitz.com/Projects/KMD
> There is also a freshmeat page, but it contains the older version from
> Charles:
> http://freshmeat.net/projects/kmd/
>> Oh, yeah, Linux will just eat away the IT economy like acid... by
>> driving hardware sales and selling software services?
> Your point reminded me of similar work over at AMD:
> "AMD apparently wants to set up a research group in Dresden not only to
> optimize Linux for its own processors, but also to integrate the
> requirements of the open operating system in the development process for
> future processor generations. At least, that's what three ads for the Fab 36
> would seem to suggest: the company is looking for a Linux kernel developer,
> a developer for the virtualization of operating systems, and a developer of
> operating system tools for the 'Operating System Research Center' in
> Dresden..."
>                         http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/72169
> Intel are no exception:
> Here's one:
> http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/05/2052221&from=rss
>     Red Hat and Intel announced today at LinuxWorld Boston that they
>     would be entering a partnership to help customers "plan for,
>     accelerate and optimize their deployments of Linux solutions."
>     From the article: "'We're responding to what customers have told
>     us they really need to support their advanced deployments of Linux
>     and open source,' said Tim Yeaton, executive vice president of
>     Enterprise Solutions at Red Hat. 'The programs Intel and Red Hat
>     have selected are aimed at equipping customers with in-depth
>     domain knowledge and providing hard core data to make complex
>     architectural decisions.'"
> Here's another:
> http://www.expresscomputeronline.com/20060313/market05.shtml
> We (Intel) are soon going to start an Open Source incubator
> ,----[ Snippet ]
>| What is the status of Linux at Intel?
>| For Intel, Linux is an important area. We are encouraging Linux on
>| the development front. In India, we are aggressively working towards
>| strengthening our presence in the Linux market...
> \______________

Linux is good for pretty much everyone, except certain entrenched
monopolies, who have nowhere to go, but down. 

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