Linux on ARMNot content with dominating the world of smartphones and tablets, makers of low-power ARM chips are setting their sights on the server market. While x86 servers are still the norm, there have been hints for some time that ARM might become a presence in the data center. Another small, early step toward an ARM future was taken this week as the makers of an infrastructure-as-a-service testbed added ARM servers as a free option for developers.

Linux on ARMRaspbian is a Linux-based operating system optimized for the Raspberry Pi, a low power, inexpensive mini-computer with a 700 MHz ARM11 processor. Up until recently, the folks behind the little computer had recommended using Debian Linux for an operating system. But benchmarks show Raspbian to be up to 40 percent faster at some tasks.

Linux on ARMWe’ve seen low power ARM-based processors show up in everything from smartphones to set-top-boxes, from tablets to USB thumb drive-sized PCs. Now a company called Kontron is slapping together Mini-ITX computer motherboard featuring an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

Linux on ARMThe Raspberry Pi is tiny $35 computer with a 700 MHz ARM11 processor and 256MB of RAM. While it won't run Windows, it can run a variety of Linux-based operating systems including Debian, Fedora, and even Raspbmc — an operating system designed around the XBMC Media Center application.

Linux on ARMThe success of the Raspberry Pi has inspired a Korean firm to publish details of a new and more powerful version of the same ARM-based Linux computer-on-a-board concept, the ODROID-X.

Linux on ARMThe Raspberry Pi is a dirt cheap mini-computer with a Broadcom BCM2835 700 MHz ARM11 with Broadcom VideoCore graphics. A basic model with 2 USB ports, HDMI and Ethernet sells for about $35, and the developers plan to offer an even cheaper $25 model without Ethernet soon.

Linux on ARMThere's a very exciting open-source announcement coming soon that will please an increasing number of ARM Linux users and fans of open-source graphics drivers.
 

Linux on ARMDebian developers are working towards an official armhf image for the Wheezy release and they're also gearing up for official 64-bit ARMv8 / AArch64 support in the "Wheezy + 1" release.

Linux on ARMThe MK802 is a tiny computer that looks like a USB flash drive, and which ships with Google Android 4.0 and sells for around $80 or less. It's designed to be something you can plug into a TV to surf the web, watch video, and play games on the big screen.

Linux on ARMThe MK802 may not be a super computer. But for under $100, the PC-on-a-stick make a surprisingly decent little computer. It ships with Google Android 4.0, but we've already seen that it can run Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux-based software.

Linux on ARMARM has today posted their set of patches that implements core Linux kernel support for AArch64, the ARM 64-bit architecture.
 

4 Fine Linux ARM Distros

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2012-Jul-05 | Tags: archdebianfedoraubuntu

Linux on ARMThe ARM platform is exploding like a mad wet cat out of the bath. Here are four good distros cram-full of ARM fun. Linux has had ARM support since forever, but it's been bumpy. There are hundreds of vendors of ARM devices (see Tiny Pluggable Linux ARM Computers Are Red-Hot for a sampling), all shoving their own personal hacked code out the door as fast as possible. This made Linux support complicated and unwieldy, to the point that Linus Torvalds threatened to stop accepting ARM changes in the mainline Linux kernel.

Linux on ARMWhen it comes to operating systems for the TI OMAP4 PandaBoard and PandaBoard ES, Ubuntu Linux is usually the winner for several reasons. However, with last month's release of Fedora 17 for ARM, how is the Red Hat sponsored distribution running on these ARM development boards? 

Linux on ARMWith the ongoing work to better enable virtualization support for the ARM architecture under Linux, the developers working on Xen enablement have reached a new milestone.
 

Linux on ARMOn July 2nd, Canonical announced that a vulnerability was found in the Linux kernel packages, this time affecting the OMAP4 kernel of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system.


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