There was a time when x86 was the only major chip architecture that Linux vendor Red Hat cared about. That time has now come to an end as the Linux giant is now taking a serious look at ARM.
"ARM is looking increasing promising," Tim Burke, VP of Linux Engineering at Red Hat told, ServerWatch. "Our focus is ARM in the server market place, so we're really not looking to be a handheld type of play."
The Red Hat sponsored Fedora Linux project already has a full fledged ARM effort. Fedora 17 is now available to run on ARM and there is a sizable team working on the development.
Burke noted that he has developers not just working on the basic port, but also working on the universe of packages that will be required, including the OpenJDK Java packages. He added that there are a lot of package cleanups that are required to get applications ready for ARM.