[openbeos] Re: Ports

  • From: "François Revol" <revol@xxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 09:12:09 +0200 CEST

> Is anyone considering or looking into an ARM port of haiku?

Yes it's on my list, after ppc and m68k work, and I know Ithamar is 
interested as well.

> If so, you might find these interesting:
> http://www.openpandora.org/
> http://beagleboard.org/
> Nvidia's tegra might also turn up in some small devices.

Some other interesting ones:
http://gp2x.co.uk/ (sadly the 2nd cpu doesn't have an mmu)

> With all the interest in things like the OLPC and EEE PC and such 
> like  
> I find it really bizarre they go and install XP.

Because it's x86-based, so they can.
That's a whole different thing than arm devices.

> Linux is likely to be the most popular OS for these devices but it'll  
> not be one distro in particular, I don't think we need to go into  
> efficiency or UI issues in Linux.  MS & Intel will get in there as  
> well but a lot of companies don't want a repeat of the PC where only 
> 2  
> companies ended up making all the money, expect multiple OSs and  
> multiple CPU vendors, ARM will be big in this sector because many of  
> the vendors' chips are ARM based.

Unlike (any form factor)-PCs, phone makers just want things to work, 
whatever the OS.

> On a similar note, how easy / difficult / impossible is it to change  
> Haiku's UI?

I suppose the new layout engine might help with that a bit.

> Also, how flexible it is in terms of devices that may have a keyboard  
> or touch screen but no mouse?

touch screen are essentially a pointing device like a mouse. Rather, 
like a tablet, they use absolute position, but we should support that 


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