Many years ago M$ and Intel invented Wintel a software and hardware platform that made them $billions, often without having to work for it after they eliminated competition. Times have changed. With smartphones and tablets we saw new platforms emerge under the radar but in full sight… Those who had invested heavily in Wintel could not suppress competition this time. The whole world learned that ARMed processors and */Linux actually work for people.
The last barrier to entry for the new platform is that it’s still not seen as a “personal computing” platform as the legacy PC was. That’s changed in a big way in the past year. Raspberry Pi, Odroid, and a host of others are now available to ordinary folks at the retail level and millions of youngsters are getting their hands on a new PC and coding for it. As well, many GNU/Linux distributions have been ported to ARM and sooner or later will be accessible on the new hardware. A case in point is ViewSonic using Raspberry Pi as their platform for a new thin client. It supports all the usual protocols and is good enough for general use as a PC despite 100mbits/s networking. The Odroid-C2 is even better with more RAM, faster CPU and gigabit/s networking.
This year, I’m going to migrate my AMD64 server and clients thick and thin to Lemaker Cello and Odroid-C2. It’s time.