Post by chris
Here is a picture of the allegedly crippled hardware running a desktop
That's the VNC X-forwarding method. There's also a native X server here:
The result is a /full/ GNU/Linux distro running and displaying
/natively/ on your Android device, complete with the same set of tens of
thousands of applications and games that run on "desktop" GNU/Linux.
It's not a "phone OS" like Windows 8/ARM, which is basically just "Phone
7" with a version bump, completely different to, and incompatible with,
desktop Windows, and therefore incapable of running any of its software.
Free Software wins again.
Sinofsky: No x86 legacy apps on Windows 8 for ARM
The short version: your existing applications are toast
Written by Gareth Halfacree on 16 September, 2011
Microsoft has confirmed that which we all knew, but had hoped against:
the ARM version of Windows 8 won't be able to run your existing Windows
The news that Windows 8 would be developed for both the traditional x86
instruction set - as used by chip giants Intel, AMD, Via, and others -
and the RISC-based ARM instruction set - as used by dozens of ARM
licensees to make low-power mobile-centric processors - was welcomed by
many as heralding a new dawn in portable computing.
The introduction of Windows 8 for ARM, it was argued, would bring about
a revolution in netbooks and laptops, where low-power chips would power
the full Windows 8 experience on cheap hardware with all-day battery
Those who know about how software operates were less convinced: a shift
in architecture in the operation system requires the same shift in
architecture for client applications. Put simply: the ARM version of
Windows won't run your x86 software, including browsers, office suites,
games, and security tools.
It was hoped that Microsoft, which has previously been silent on the
issue of compatibility, was hiding an ace up its sleeve. When Apple made
the move from the PowerPC architecture to x86, it had a tool made called
Rosetta which offered a compatibility layer to legacy apps, allowing
them to run on the new architecture. Although no such practical
x86-to-ARM compatibility layer exists at present, the introduction of
one in Windows 8 would solve the problem handily.
Sadly, that dream has been shattered. "We've been very clear since the
very first CES demos and forward that the ARM product won't run any x86
applications," Windows Team head Steven Sinofsky told analysts at a
meeting this week, with the very requirement for such a statement giving
lie to his claims of clarity.
Of course, Sweaty already let this (multiple, incompatible versions of
"Windows") slip earlier this year:
During remarks at a developers conference in Japan on May 23, Microsoft
CEO Steve Ballmer referred to the next version of Windows as “Windows
8.” He also said the next generation of Windows systems will be out next
To those not following Microsoft’s Windows saga closely, this may seem
like a “so what” moment. But Microsoft execs have been studiously
avoiding any references to the timing or naming of the next version of
Windows to try to keep the specifics of the product as quiet as
Parsing Ballmer’s words further, it’s interesting he called out Windows
8 slates and tablets as two separate form factors. Last year, Microsoft
was pushing Windows Embedded Compact as its slate operating system,
designed for devices that were more about consumption than creation….
Update: OK, believe it or not, the “official” response is Ballmer’s
statement isn’t what it seems to be… Sent from a Microsoft spokesman
“It appears there was a misstatement. We are eagerly awaiting the next
generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming
fiscal year. To date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or
naming for the next version of Windows.”
Clearly Vole wants to obfuscate these incompatibilities as much as
possible, because if consumers fully appreciated that Windows 8/ARM is
just "Tiles 7.5", it'd end up floundering at <1%, just like "Tiles 7".
Post by chris
I would be embarrassed to sign such a post where basically nothing is
correct, let alone insightful.
It's Dopez. Stupidity is his trademark.
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Fedora 8 (Werewolf) on šky | to understand the simplicity"
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