Still important: Obsolete machines, handhelds, one laptop per child
Posted Jul 20, 2006 22:09 UTC (Thu) by dwheeler
Parent article: Embedded Linux: Small Kernels
This size reduction is still very important to do:
- As Microsoft abandons Windows98, many people may move to a new computer. Even if they get Windows for the new one, what happens to the old one? If Linux continues to be usable on them, they can become Linux machines (in the same place or elsewhere).
- Handhelds have limited memory, esp. if they have to be rugged.
- "One laptop per child" machines have limited memory; by putting the kernel on a diet, there's more room for the rest.
I'm delighted that he's working to get this stuff into the mainline kernel; that way, it should live on and be useful to all.
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