ARM as a primary architecture

Nikos Roussos nikos at
Thu Mar 22 14:12:26 UTC 2012

On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM, Nicolas Mailhot <
nicolas.mailhot at> wrote:

> Le Jeu 22 mars 2012 14:11, Przemek Klosowski a écrit :
> > On 03/22/2012 02:31 AM, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> >> Tom Lane wrote:
> >>> That opinion is flat out ridiculous.  Or maybe it makes sense if you
> >>> think consumer desktops are the be-all and end-all; but they are not.
> >>
> >> Consumer desktops and notebooks. The things we normally call
> "computers".
> >> Those have always been and should remain our primary target.
> >>
> > Check out the numbers from The Economist:
> >
> >
> > The number of desktops has been flat for last 7 years. The growth in the
> > smartphone/tablet area dwarfs 'what we normally call computers'.
> Apples and oranges. You could print the same stats a few years ago about
> cars
> vs scooters/bicycles
> Guess what all the Chinese/Indian bicycle riders started to buy as soon as
> they had the means to…
> All those numbers show is that the developing countries are actually
> developing (surprise!), and that they transition from nothing to cheapest
> solution possible. That does not mean they'll stick to this stage forever.

So you guess that they'll move on to desktop computers as long they have
the means, and we should not bother investing resources to this
intermediate phase. Even if it last for years.

Despite the fact that this is pretty wild guess, I don't think that Fedora
should only care about what's happening on the developed countries and
ignore the rest of the world.

Bottom line, it seems apples and apples to me. Naming it oranges just to
ignore it, doesn't qualify as an argument.
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