And, no, I’m not currently a linux engineer. I’ve been a developer for over 10 years now, so I’m not sure that I can really say that is what I do. I’m a developer so that I learn how to write code and keep up with the tools that I’m using. I’m not a sysadmin, I’m not an engineer, and I’m not a computer scientist.
AMD is making a big push in the Linux space. It is also making a big push into the ARM space. The ARM microcontrollers are built on an open source code base that is similar to the x86 platform. AMD says it will build an ARM-based version of its AMD A-series processors that will be able to run the Linux kernel. The ARM-based processors will have much more CPU power and will be able to run more complex software (such as graphics).
The move into the ARM space has some interesting implications. Currently, ARM microcontrollers are mostly used in embedded applications, but they’re getting more and more popular with gamers and gamers. These microcontrollers are designed to run the Linux kernel, which will be one of the key bases for the Linux operating system. In theory, Linux can run on ARM-based microcontrollers. It’s not a given, but it looks like this could happen.
One of the advantages of ARM micro-controllers is that they are low-power, meaning that they are more portable than other microprocessors. With that in mind, they can run more complex software such as graphics. Nvidia has been working on an application-specific GPU and it looks like we might be getting a preview of that.
The Linux Foundation is currently seeking a commercial partner to help launch the Linux on ARM initiative. In short, the Linux on ARM initiative is a means of developing a Linux kernel that will run on an ARM-based microcontroller. By giving Linux a more flexible foundation to power its software, developers will be able to run their software on a variety of hardware, and therefore run more efficiently. In theory, this could result in a more efficient and flexible user-facing software stack.
To make the initiative a success, Linux Foundation has to get the hardware manufacturers and the microcontroller designers to support it. We need to get the hardware manufacturers to show some interest now. The Linux on ARM initiative is, by all means, a great idea, but it won’t happen until a lot more hardware is available to developers.
In a way, this is a good thing. We should get some companies interested in supporting Linux on ARM.
You can’t really get the hardware manufacturers to support Linux on ARM. For now, at least, Linux is mostly limited to the ARM microcontroller designs. The ones that are supported by all Linux distributions, and even the ones that are proprietary. It’s a good thing we got the hardware manufacturers involved, because it could help us get Linux on ARM into a more mainstream distribution.
And the software developers will get to learn new things too. It would be nice if we had more developers helping us. And it might help us with our efforts to get free software onto ARM devices.
For the hardware makers it’s all about getting us the best ARM chips for the job. Right now we know that Intel’s Atom processor is the best choice. But that doesn’t mean you should buy an Atom. You can get the best Intel chip for your current platform, and then go back to an ARM platform to develop for the next generation. We’re doing that with an arm-based operating system running on Ubuntu.