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ARM Publishes 64-bit "AArch64" Linux Kernel Support 90

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "ARM Holdings has made available Linux kernel support for AArch64, the ARMv8 64-bit architecture. No 64-bit ARMv8 hardware is yet shipping until later this year, but ARM has prepared the 36 patches amounting to 23,000 lines of architecture code for mainline integration."
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ARM Publishes 64-bit "AArch64" Linux Kernel Support

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  • Well done (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lefty2446 (232351) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @04:08AM (#40574107) Homepage

    It's awesome that a major chip manufacturer is willing to invest time to implement a new architecture in the Linux kernel.

    Pity that windows isn't open sourced, they wont benefit from this effort ;-)

  • Re:Well done (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 07, 2012 @04:41AM (#40574209)

    This may help though. This means that much less time and investment is needed to get your new device up and running, providing a convincing a convincing case for switching to free software. Had Linux been ported later, this advantage would have been lost.

  • Re:Well done (Score:4, Insightful)

    by beelsebob (529313) on Saturday July 07, 2012 @06:23AM (#40574475)

    Do you really think Microsoft provides their kernel source to ARM? Do you REALLY think ARM would code hardware support in windows for free?

    Yes, and yes. It's in both their interests to do so, Microsoft's, because it gets them kernel support for a new arch written for free, ARM's because it sells chips (and by extension, chip designs).

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