ARM as a primary architecture

Przemek Klosowski przemek.klosowski at
Fri Mar 23 14:57:11 UTC 2012

On 03/23/2012 05:59 AM, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:

> And yes smartphones are booming, but they're not booming because they
> are a good desktop substitute, they're booming because they are a
> good dumbphone substitute (and before that digital cameras replaced
> chemical cameras, and mp3 readers replaced walkmans, and I'm sure if
> someone had counted the chips in them it would have made an
> impressive established trend dwarfing the number of computers of that
> era)

Let's not forget why we're talking about this. The point was made to put 
more effort in developing ARM Fedora because of the increasing 
importance of that platform. I believe that is a correct assessment in a 
broad sense, even if the details are arguable. In my mind, it's as much 
about the architecture as about the supported set of hardware features 
and modes of user interaction.

I am not claiming that tablets are the ultimate platform that will 
replace everything else. Rather, I think that the direct manipulation 
GUIs that originated on the mobile devices are a good idea on all 
platforms, and I prefer that a mature desktop system like Fedora evolves 
to include it, rather than trying to add functionality to mobile 
platform. I don't want Android on whatever I use at my desk in few years.

Don't get me wrong---I love my droid but it is sometimes a frustrating 
relationship. A lot of tools that I am used to on the desktop are 
missing---some for good reason (limitations of small screen, awkward 
keyboard) but  sometimes it's just not there because the dev environment 
is too different and there's no port.

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