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Linaro seeks to simplify ARM Linux landscape

Linaro seeks to simplify ARM Linux landscape

Posted Jun 9, 2010 20:44 UTC (Wed) by cesarb (subscriber, #6266)
In reply to: Linaro seeks to simplify ARM Linux landscape by drag
Parent article: Linaro seeks to simplify ARM Linux landscape

I hope this allows for ARM-based desktops (of the "insert a install CD of your favorite distribution and it just works like it does on x86" kind).


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Linaro seeks to simplify ARM Linux landscape

Posted Jun 9, 2010 21:10 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333) [Link]

It may actually turn out better then that.

ARM systems don't have BIOSes like x86 does. Unlike in x86 were you depend on the BIOS to initialize storage and read the master boot record to read and execute the bootloader the bootloader for ARM systems is usually largely responsible for getting the processor/memory/flash/storage deviecs initialized and read to accept the OS kernel.

This means that for ARM, if they get good standards going, can completely avoid the messes that have happened with the Microsoft/Intel-style technologies like ACPI.

The biggest win would be, of course, if they can get the graphics situation under control. With x86 you have reversed engineered Nvidia drivers, open source (and vendor assisting) drivers for Intel and ATI. Right now ARM is basically all-proprietary.

Linaro seeks to simplify ARM Linux landscape

Posted Jun 10, 2010 11:28 UTC (Thu) by marcH (subscriber, #57642) [Link]

> ... open source (and vendor assisting) drivers for Intel Graphics

I would greatly appreciate if Intel could stop "assisting" for a little while. So every distribution upgrade stops feeling like a downgrade.


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