“being a powerful SoC best suited for high-end tablets, but also a good fit for small, inexpensive ARM-based laptops or desktops.”
There it is. While current ARM processors from many suppliers are marginally sufficient to run a desktop OS, the generation coming will be there for sure. Quad-core will be standard and they will be A15 cores… Already you can put a usable but slow desktop on a Raspberry Pi. In 2013, people will have speedy, small and inexpensive desktops running GNU/Linux without any Wintel tax, not on the CPU nor the OS. This will be a price-breakthrough and it will be accepted by big-name OEMs or the little guys will take share and run with it.
Expect to find GNU/Linux on ARM taking retail shelf-space away from Wintel or scatterings of GNU/Linux on ARM amongst the tablets and smartphones. Samsung, are you up for the challenge? In 2013, folks are predicting a 50% growth in small cheap computer shipments and businesses will be using the gadgets of all kinds. To offer a distinct option in this competitive market, no hold will be barred. There will be fewer “Wintel shops”. It’s going to be a great year for FLOSS.