Boy, I am always amazed at the breadth of stuff that goes on weekly, surrounding people’s preferred operating systems, new hardware press releases and so on. For me, it’s one of the best things about the internet: constant information from all corners of the globe, seeking an audience and advocate elsewhere.
So, this week there has been loads of stuff which caught my attention, only a short list of which I have time to share. First things first, Ars Technica : a constantly vibrant source of interesting news out there in the technosphere. Featured in its hallowed pages was the title “ARM’s Eagle has landed: meet the A15“. Indeedy, ARM is developing more processor chips which are beginning to compete with the likes of Intel’s Atom and AMD’s lesser-known Geode.
The exciting thing here is that a third player is entering the midst of a traditionally two-horse race: GPU/CPU design and manufacture (AKA AMD vs Intel). Similarly to the console race of 2007-ish, a third player getting involved (in the console war, this being Microsoft‘s XBox 360) does great things for the market and the larger picture. Who would have thought, against the mighty 360 or PS3, that the Wii would have competed so well?
We’ll see how this plays out in a different way with chip manufacturers though but, as with most of these things, the early adopters of SmartBooks (Netbooks with phone capabilities, typically powered by ARM processors) will likely be Business types and Linux users who aren’t just taken in by the big names.
The Apple is finally ripening
Finally. Sense at Apple. Well, some at least. Developers are creative, resourceful individuals. So throwing down the gauntlet by restricting their development languages was kind of a draconian, hard-line gesture by a company pimping itself as cool and trendy. Sorry Fanbois, but it was a bit Microsofty, actually. Which is actually unfair to Microsoft, as they are generally far less restrictive about this (as this list of programming languages illustrates..). Then again, 99.4% of malware is aimed at Windows users.
But back to Apple, this Ars story describes the change in stance at Cappuccino.
How nice of them to open up their policy as well as opening up their iOS 4.1 BootROM in the same week! In case anyone thinks I have a grudge against Apple, far from it. This
vulnerability intended feature clearly demonstrates that Apple are committed to opening up their systems and allowing users to fully use what they have purchased. Brilliant!
Oh, but then there are still situations which make you wonder. Like the stealthy Apple OS-X update that kept “fanbois strangely silent“… I’m not sure I would have described Apple’d products as a “mutant virus“, but their loyal customers’ thinking probably is. But then, Apple build fashion statements, not computers.
Open systems continue to gather pace
There’s an interesting article at O’Reilly on debunking the 1% myth. The 1% myth is the idea, forever purported by some in the industry, that Linux only has 1% of desktop market share. Succinctly put, as there is no way of actually measuring this accurately, it’s a false claim (as the article details).
Talking of open software, media player Amarok is looking more and more beautiful. What’s not to like about this, especially when it’s free?
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