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The ARM Arc Part 3

Brendan Conoboy

This week heralded the announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM Development Preview 7.1, the next milestone in Red Hat's exploring the potential for ARM servers. There is a lot in a name, and this one is a mouthful. The Linux kernel is famous - it is the namesake of the complete operating system, but it does not exist on its own. A complete OS runs on hardware, starts out in firmware, loads the kernel, which in turn...

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The ARM Arc Part 2

Brendan Conoboy

This is a continuation to The ARM Arc Part 1 published in July. It all started in 2012 when the Fedora ARM community decided to move from the legacy ARMv5 software floating point ABI to the new ARMv7 hard float ABI. The move meant better performing code, native atomic operations, threading support, and other modern OS features becoming available to ARM software developers on a general purpose OS. Doing the work required a way to bootstrap a new architecture, which...

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The ARM Arc

Brendan Conoboy

ARM. When used in a sentence it may refer to the company (ARM Holdings), one of its numerous CPU versions, or even a way of life. But we just call it ARM. ARM (the company) creates low power processor designs which they license to other companies to implement; Licensees enhance ARM's design and manufacture the actual chips. The resulting processors are the defacto standard in the fiercely competitive consumer mobile space of tablets and cell phones. Of course, the thing...