Linux gets Armed

With the latest Linux 3.7 kernel some major changes are in order. In particular, the support for ARM technology has finally arrived. What this should mean is the appearance of Linux on many more tablet and portable devices. The main reason we haven’t seen Linux on these devices is simple: supporting the various ARM processor derivatives has become almost impossible to manage.

That all changes with 3.7. The upcoming Linux kernel release will finally, and officially, support the following ARM processors:

  • Calxeda’s Highbank ARM server processor
  • The Versatile Express ARM-based developer board
  • Marvell’s ARMADA SoC processors
  • Altera’s ARM processors
  • Picohip’s picoXcell chip for femtocells