Linux and the x86 CPU are a success, but only for a relatively few brave souls (including you and me, right?).

Windows and the x86 CPU are a more well-known success, with 90-some% of the computer market.

Update: There are versions of Microsoft OS software called “Windows CE” and “Microsoft Embedded” that run on other platforms than the x86. Read more at:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/microsoft-wants-gadgets-to-run-windows/

Apple OSX and the x86 CPU are the rage for some, Apple having abandoned the PowerPC chip.

What is the situation when you think about other CPU architectures?

Windows and Apple’s OSX don’t run on anything but x86 (Intel and AMD mainly).

Linux is reported to run on 19 processors, meaning little to most of us, but perhaps that will turn out to be a big deal for Linux and FOSS. Mini notebooks, Netbooks, Smartbooks, whatever you decide their name should be, are a breed of computer that is gaining attention, and in an effort to make them less power hungry, to make them run longer on their battery charge, to make them run cooler, manufacturers are trying new processors like the ARM processor.

If you or your school buys a netbook in the next year or so, what processor will it have? If it isn’t an x86, will your only operating system choice be Linux?

Have you heard about Android and Moblin, Linux flavors specifically designed for light weight and mobile “appliance” use like mobile phones (those tiny computers in disguise)?

The MIPS processor, known for embedded processors like set-top TV boxes is poised to release an Android implementation for its products, another win for Linux.

Read this interesting post for more information.

http://www.workswithu.com/2009/06/03/cpu-diversification-ubuntus-gain-microsofts-loss/

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