on a technical note;
x86 still beats arm in performance per watt
performance per watt is highly dependent on semiconductor printing and what kind of performance you are testing
for example sparc is good in low latency massively parallel tasks, while power is better at number crunching but has delay and can do fewer tasks at a time
arm from what i can tell is made for simple devices, x86 for general computing(didnt check arm instruction set)
who cares anyway, a pentium 2 is waaaay faster then me and opengl 4x will make possible a full shift of arithmetic operations to a gpu so pentium 2 will be able to run new games and else(if programed properly that is)
so we need massively parallel, direct to memory PCI buses more then faster/better cpu's
and this coming from someone who as always used intel.
Even here in SE it's all smartphones and tablets, the appearance of mini-pc's and stuff like raspberry pi and the odroid-x , ug802, etc...
there's a huge shift coming in personal computing, I sense that the wintel days are going to end soon and when you can buy a mini-pc with 1g of ram and 1.6ghz processor that runs android 4.04 just fine for $60 it seems the future will wait for no one.
so... by dropping the support for everything and totally focusing on the arm platform, linux could be for arm what windows is for the x86 platform
think about it.
linux x86, 20 years of fail
linux arm, a golden new dawn of win.
I have decided that my next system will be based on cortex A15 and this is from someone who had 20 intel processors in the past.
the future is now people, the future is arm
edit: btw I like these posts so you all so stfu and who gives a shit about your 1 cent that your page clicking generates
i think in a similar way but right now loongson is better than ARM but in 2014 ARM will have 64bit to and then its a complete different story.
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