netbooks to run cool!
The agreement between Canonical and ARM to support Linux on ARM is one of the most exciting in the tech industry. Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the Linux distro providing the best out-of-the-box desktop experience, and clearly has expertise in that classic geek blind spot: providing for the resolutely dumb consumer. And ARM has the processor with the single most important advantage today: power consumption an order of magnitude better than Intel and other rivals.
Supported Ubuntu on ARM is, I understand, aimed at ARM’s existing market in ultra-portable devices. But in principle it could also pave the way for a laptop and even a desktop that’ll run cool. And in the laptop’s case, the choice of much-improved battery life or a significant weight-saving. Amongst existing netbook devices, the ARM-driven Nokia N810, at less than half the weight of an Intel-powered Eee PC or its imitators, could be a forerunner of a whole family of better things.
For myself, I’ve long looked for lower power consumption in all my computing. A big thank you to ARM and Canonical for bringing the prospect closer!
p.s. Yes, I know linux is already supported on ARM, but I understand it’s something quite limited. And it hasn’t caught the market the way the Eee-family has, and that the Canonical deal may lead to.