jpnorair 340 Posted October 14, 2013 Share Posted October 14, 2013 @@jpnorair Either way, x86 is not RISC, and some would argue that neither is an ARM Cortex A processor. Depends on which definition you go by I suppose. Quite honestly, I have not taken a close look at the Quark. I suppose I assumed it was x86 at least in a basic sense. Perhaps I assumed wrong. All I am concerned with from a personal standpoint is *if* it can run standard x86 software. If this is the case, then all the issues that come with other architectures should go away. *shrug* x86 used to be a classic CISC ISA. Then, starting in Pentium Pro IIRC (and definitely by Pentium 3), Intel implemented a RISC core with a hardware translator. I don't think it is important for Quark to run "standard x86 software." I'm not even sure what that is. As long as Linux has thorough support for architecture X or Y or Z, then there is not really any compatibility problem. 20 years ago, it was a big deal to support one ISA or another. Nowadays, it is about supporting one OS or another. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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