Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
Slashdot Deals: Cyber Monday Sale Extended! Courses ranging from coding to project management - all eLearning deals 20% off with coupon code "CYBERMONDAY20". ×

Submission + - [Videos] Linaro engineers talk about the status of Linux on ARM ( 2

Charbax writes: "Some of the worlds best developers work at Linaro optimizing the future of Linux on ARM. In this 4-hour video series several of them describe software solutions for the upcoming ARM big.LITTLE architecture (ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7), demonstrate how Linaro Android 4.0.4 runs twice as fast as stock Android 4.0.4 on the TI OMAP4430 Pandaboard, talk about the future of Android, unify the ARM bootloader, combine multiple ARM SoCs into one Linux Kernel for ARM. Canonical works to support ARM Servers, Mark Shuttleworth talks about the opportunity that ARM constitutes for Ubuntu on Laptops and Servers. The CTO of Linaro talks about the next billions of ARM Powered devices that they are working to optimize Linux for."

Submission + - ARMv8 64-bit Architecture announced (

Charbax writes: "ARM is introducing the ARMv8 64-bit architecture. It can be for Smartphones, Tablets, and also for Servers, Desktops, Set-top-boxes and more. Here is an interview with ARM's CTO Mike Muller after this announcement keynote. At the ARM TechCon 2011 in Santa Clara (October 25-27th), ARM also showed the first ARM Cortex-A15 prototype and talked about their new ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE platform. TSMC (the worlds largest independent foundry for the fabless semiconductor industry) says that they can scale processor manufacturing size down to 7nm over the next 10 years, and that 28nm is now in volume production, so they can keep busy. Texas Instruments is soon ready to showcase their OMAP5 28nm ARM Cortex-A15 processor, Marvell shows their "Tri-Core" PXA2128 on a tablet prototype for the first time and Freescale demonstrates the performance of their upcoming i.MX6 Quad Core ARM Cortex-A9 processor."

Submission + - Genesi to launch sub-$199 ARM i.MX53 Linux Laptop (

Charbax writes: "Genesi already has a $199 ARM Laptop for sale on their website, based on the previous generation Freescale i.MX51, now at the Freescale Technology Forum they are launching their new i.MX53 based PCB design which they will use in even cheaper ARM Powered laptops (smartbooks) and desktops (smarttops) to be released in the next couple of months. They are accelerating Linux performance on ARM up to 300% using Hard Float techniques which one of their software engineers talks about in this video. Consider, those ARM Laptops are still only running on single core ARM Cortex-A8, things are getting even faster using the newer Dual-core and Quad-core processors such as the new Freescale i.MX 6 Quad-core processor launched in this video today. Soon enough, ARM Powered Laptops and Desktops are going to be fast enough people won't see the difference in performance between ARM and the Intel Atom, but ARM will be much cheaper and last much longer on a smaller battery."

Submission + - ARM Powered OLPC XO-1.75 Laptop is faster than x86 ( 1

Charbax writes: Not only is power consumption halved to less than 2 Watts and price of the motherboard is reduced, the performance of the next generation OLPC Laptop is actually faster to run full Fedora Linux compared to x86. Here's a video interviewing OLPC's CTO Edward J. McNierney where he explains how OLPC's world class engineers are making this change of CPU architecture and why. If OLPC XO-1 threatened Intel enough to start the Netbook market and has reached 2 million poor kids in third world countries thus far, XO-1.75 may help start the ARM Powered Linux laptop market. Do you think Fedora/Sugar will do or should OLPC attract Chrome OS and Android solutions for education to get faster help from the big boys of Silicon Valley to bring Linux software successfully to the next billion PC/Laptop users?

Submission + - Quad-core ARM Powered Servers showcased by Marvell (

Charbax writes: At the ARM Technology Conference in Santa Clara, Marvell just unveiled in this video the initial sampling of the Quad-Core Armada XP ARM Processor for ARM Powered servers, to power cloud computing, networking, storage and mobile infrastructure. Marvell claims this is perfect for powering Web 2.0, cloud computing and video hosting sites like Facebook and YouTube and they have many secret OEM and ODM partners seriously working on this. The advantages being it provides very good performance (benchmarks still to be released..) at a fraction of the power consumption (compared to x86), very competitive price. Power consumption of the server park can be cut to a quarter, the density of the server infrastructure can be increased. Is Intel right now in a huge panic?

Submission + - ARM Cortex A9 Laptops to be Linux Powered (

Charbax writes: In this video, Jerone Young, lead partner engineer at Canonical, explains some of the challenges that Canonical and other companies who are part of the new Linaro project have been working on for the past many months, in preparation for the now imminent release of a whole bunch of ARM Cortex A9 Powered laptops and desktops likely to be manufactured by giants of the industry such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Quanta, Invetec, Pegatron, Compal, all of whome have been showing tens of early prototype designs of these ARM Powered laptops at trade shows around the world during the past year and a half. They work to standardize the boot process, write drivers to use graphics and video hardware acceleration, they optimize the web browser (Chrome and Mozilla), they implement faster DDR3 RAM and faster I/O bus speeds, they also optimize the software to use the new faster dual core ARM Cortex A9 processors. The goal is to have these upcoming ARM Powered laptops feel as usable to end consumers as Intel x86 based laptops/netbooks. With increased competition thanks to this alternative CPU architecture, prices of laptops and desktops could rapidly go down (sub-$149 laptops and sub-$99 desktops are likely), battery life could run much longer (up to 30-50 hours using a Pixel Qi LCD screen), sizes and weights can be much smaller. This could be the type of low-power, low-cost computer that the next 5 billion people in the world may use as their first computer.

Submission + - Archos opens up Linux Tablets to developers ( 1

Charbax writes: On the one side you have the closed iPad for $499-$829, on the other you have dozens of awesome open ARM Powered Linux Tablets coming to the market from MSI, Asus, ICD, Notion Ink, HP, Dell and others, most are based on Android and are likely to foster competition that can provide cheaper and better Tablets than Apple. Archos is the only manufacturer with powerful Android Tablets on the market since October 2009, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (8GB) is now available for $249 in Radio Shack and (16GB) for $279 in Best Buy. Today, Archos is releasing the Special Edition Firmware that adds an Ångström Linux as a dual-boot for their latest Archos 5 Internet Tablet generation so that developers can start developing powerful Linux solutions for the Archos Linux tablets and not only do Android stuff.

Submission + - $100 Android Laptop Hivision PWS700CA video-review (

Charbax writes: The Android Laptops are coming. Thanks to cheap ARM Powered Laptops made in China, and the latest most optimized Android software, we can soon buy usable $100 Laptops in all the supermarkets. In this video, I test the web browsing speed on the new Rockchip rk2808 ARM9 based PWS700CA Laptop by Shenzhen-based Hivision Co Ltd. Web browsing on AJAX-heavy websites is surprisingly snappy, and could only be even faster if ARM11, ARM Cortex A8 or A9 processors were used and if it was configured with slightly more than 128MB RAM. How soon will Google release the $100 Google Laptop?

Submission + - $199 Freescale Tablet runs Chrome OS ( 3

Charbax writes: This is an extensive video interview with Freescale's Manager of Software development about their integration of the Chromium OS onto their ARM Cortex A8 i.MX51 based $199 Tablet reference design.

It seems to run smoothly and fast with multiple tabs. No touch screen support yet so input is using a USB keyboard and mouse for now, but the WiFi drivers are fine. Freescale is also demonstrating Android and Ubuntu versions. Those have 3G sim card reader built-in, even an HDMI output and 720p video playback. The question is, will they be able to support full Chrome browser web browsing at full speed on the most Javascript and Flash intensive websites and support an unlimited amount of opened tabs?


Submission + - ARM powered laptops to increase Linux market-share (

Charbax writes: Last April, Microsoft would argue that it controlled the netbook OS market for those sold in certain specific Microsoft-friendly US retail stores, while ABI Research claims that Linux actually has 35% of the worldwide netbook market, and that its market-share is growing. At the recent Netbook World Summit in Paris France, Aaron J. Seigo, Community leader at the KDE Foundation and Arnaud Laprévote, CTO Chief Technology Officer at Mandriva Linux give us their estimation in this Youtube video for next year's Linux market-share in the consumer Laptop market. Their estimation is that Linux will dominate in ARM powered Laptops and that those may take over a significant share of the overall Laptop market by their significantly cheaper prices (as low as $80), longer battery life (as long as 20-40 hours on a small battery using the Pixel Qi screens), as well as lower size and weight. Running some of the Chromium OS builds for ARM available shortly, having a full browser experience on those cheaper and better ARM powered Linux laptops could make it a significant mass market success to shake up the Intel and Microsoft consumer PC/Laptop monopoly in its boots.

Submission + - First non-Nokia Maemo tablet device reviewed (

Charbax writes: The Optima OP5-E is being video-reviewed at It includes a 4.3" 800x480 touch screen, built-in 3G CDMA modem, Marvell PXA320 806mhz ARM processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, built-in MicroSD slot, USB-host, Speakers, video-conferencing, 3.2 Megapixel camera, removable 2600mAh battery and it installs most open-source Maemo Linux applications with minimal if any porting required. It could be sold at $299 or cheaper if subsidized by telecom carriers.

Submission + - Archos releases Dev Edition firmware for Tablets ( 3

Charbax writes: While Archos current "Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android" is a 4.8" WVGA Tablet hardware that runs Android 1.5 and soon 2.0 with the full Google Marketplace Experience (according to rumors), users of last year's 4.8" and 7" Archos Linux Tablets have been complaining that Archos firmware updates of its proprietary embedded Linux OS were too rare and added too little of the requested functionality. Under pressure from hackers demonstrating jailbreak methods, Archos has just now officially released the open-source Special Developer Edition firmware based on Angstrom Linux generated from a customized open embedded build for last year's Archos 5 and 7 Internet Media Tablets. If many talented developers join the community of Archos hackers to make software for this new Archos SDE firmware, Android, Angstrom Linux, Maemo Mer, Qt and Ubuntu Linux could be expected to run smoothly on it soon. Which could make it the ultimate pocket Linux Internet Tablet for Linux hackers. Installing Archos new SDE firmware permanently disables DRM playback and voids the warranty. The Archos 5/7 Internet Media Tablets are running on a 600mhz ARM Cortex A8 processor, with 60GB to 320GB of built-in hard drive storage and powerful hardware acceleration for 720p video playback and even HDMI output. The advantage of this open-source firmware working on last year's model is that the 250GB 4.8" Archos 5IMT Tablet now sells for $199 at and the 160GB 7" Archos 7IMT version is $209 and those are to be found even cheaper on ebay.

A rock store eventually closed down; they were taking too much for granite.