Digitimes reports that with less than a year to go before the release of “8”, ASUS is still thinking about whether or not it will deploy “8” on any ARMed tablets. They’ve already decided x86 is too expensive and are concerned about the high price of licences for that other OS. Chuckle. M$ still does not have its ducks in a row and cannot sell vapour-ware any longer. How the mighty art fallen.
Is a monopoly any longer a monopoly when OEMs have a choice? Nope. Free Software trumps non-free when it comes to small cheap computers. ARM is not going away and in 2012 every consumer on the planet will have a chance to own an ARMed PC. By 2013 the competition to sell ARMed PCs will swamp the x86 shipments and Wintel will be out in the cold looking in at the warmth of the fire.
Production of ARMed personal computers in 2011 exceeded x86 and in 2012 will come to dominate most segments with ARM even making inroads in servers. Supplying the demand will be a major problem in 2012. Manufacturers can ramp up production rates faster than x86 ever could because small cheap computers are small and cheap. It takes less material and space to make them. By the end of 2012 every building in China with floorspace will be used to produce ARMed personal computers and ARMed small desktop boxes and netbooks will become commonplace. China is wide awake and more or less vertically integrated in IT. They are producing their own CPUs based on ARM and MIPS and can design and build anything. They love FLOSS because it gives them instant access/reduced development time for everything. That other OS and x86 just holds them back and they are tired of that.
At some point M$ will release “8” and be ignored. People know what they want and know they have a choice. The genie cannot be put back in the bottle.
My money is on FLOSS on ARM to win the shootout in 2012.