ARM needs to learn from the PC

The inventor of Linux, Linus Torvalds claims that plucky British firm ARM needs to learn more from what happened with the PC industry.

Speaking to Greg Kroah-Hartman at LinuxCon North America 2011, Torvalds said that AR< was looking pretty good, was a promising platform and showing signs of “growing up” like x86.

However, it is suffering a bit from the fact that the ARM community has never had the notion of a standard platform.

Torvalds said that even though people “love to hate” the PC architecture with a “clunky” and “nasty” architecture, it was a nice platform with a lot of effort concentrated in one area that was easy to support.

But ARM is a “hodge-podge” of companies making “random” pieces of hardware and throwing things against the wall to see what ships.

He said that there needed to be a better effort to have a framework for things. The Arm support tree is many times bigger than x86. “It’s not constrained by this nice platform thing, it just has random crap all over it.”

Torvalds said it eventually got to him and he snapped. He went around and started talking to people and others see it as a problem.