[talk] Open source laptop

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Wed Jan 21 09:06:47 EST 2015

Mark Saad:
>> On Jan 21, 2015, at 5:04 AM, Sujit K M <sjt.kar at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Mark,
>>> I saw this today on  slashdot and somewhere else, either way . It has
>>> some interesting bits but I was 1/2 expecting it to be a ARM and not an
>>> intel x86 isa.  What are you thoughts on why no one has built a arm
>>> laptop in this market with more then 2G of ram and a decent amount of
>>> internal storage
>> Something like this. When I used ARM7V and ARM9V there was a crazy
>> concept like bogo mips which is the number of cycles the processor cannot
>> guarentee process anything. What I found was It causes performance hits
>> when you add Memory/Storage etc. But I am not sure about this. Even
>> I had raised a thread where I wanted to know about ARM Tablets @talk,
>> eventually If that can be broadened to an ARM Processor with laptop capability.
>> Even I am interested in owning a ARM Laptop. But cost might be the other
>> thing too.
> There has to be something to putting more then 2g of ram on a 32bit arm . This is purely anecdotal but if you check aliababa for arm gear it's all 2g of ram or less . Now this could be the market is targeting android and derived designs so there isn't any demand for it . However iirc the Samsung chrome laptop (the arm variety) is also 2g of ram .  Maybe there is some issue we aren't aware of . In any case I would like to try an non-android arm laptop, that Is a laptop not a weird tablet thingy or a glorified media player . 

Part of the problem from my experiences is that the scope of the ARM
hardware has been RPi and BeagleBones (phones, yeah, yeah, yeah), which
dont go beyond 1G.  Then again, give me a 700Mhz ARM chip with 1G of RAM
over double than in intel land and I'm happy.

With 64-bit ARM support coming to FreeBSD, I'm hoping our options in the
future aren't just servers.


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