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Re: ARM Opportunities for Linux

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____/ High Plains Thumper on Sunday 21 Aug 2011 17:22 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ARM'ing Linux
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> The ARM chip architecture is emerging to become an extremely popular
>>> one for embedded and mobile devices. Itâs also an architecture that
>>> has had some issues when it comes to Linux.
>>> Speaking at the LinuxCon conference this week, Linux creator Linus
>>> Torvalds detailed his frustrations with ARM. Coincidentally this week,
>>> Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind Ubuntu Linux, announced
>>> ARM support as part of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 release.
>>> âI think that ARM is very promising,â Torvalds said. âThe problem is
>>> that ARM doesn't have a standard platform.â
>>> In Torvaldsâ view, ARM is a 'hodgepodge' of companies making random
>>> pieces of hardware. He noted that on the kernel side, Linux has tried
>>> to support alot of ARM.
>> `----
>> http://www.datamation.com/open-source/arming-linux.html
> Roy, even though it may seem that ARM has a few problems of
> standardisation, I see a positive potential. I would like to see a
> motherboard that uses the ARM processor and standard Intel PC bussed PCI
> cards, AGP, some of the newer extended standards, SAT, USB, etc.
> peripherals, fitted to a standard PC case and power supply.
> I would like to see the Intel processor mould broken.
> We need to have variety and difference reintroduced into the market place
> for developers, the development of new cottage industries to support it.
> We also need to see the software patent system put to rest. The patenting
> of ideas is about the most stupid thing that has ever been devised. It is
> not about protecting inventions and the inventor. It is about stifling
> innovation and large companies capable of sustaining legal battles to the
> abuse of smaller companies and individuals.

The patent system is said to have been very different *originally*. Intel, a 
proponent of software patents, is part of the problem. It also extorts 
chip-making rivals.

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		~~ Best of wishes

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