In the interest of having a Windows without many dependencies on the legacy components, Microsoft first announced Windows on ARM back in 2012. The company failed to deliver most of the features Windows users loved in Windows RT, an O.S. designed to run on ARM processors. The project was reborn as Windows 10 on ARM back in 2016.
The last three years saw Microsoft doing all the talking about its Windows 10 on ARM projects. This is going to change soon. It’s been learned that Red Hat and Fedora had joined hands to bring Fedora, a Linux distribution to ARM processors. This is a big development.
We're going to be working with the team to bring @fedora to these Arm laptops very soon too! Had some great conversations with the crew at #BKK19 about this, initial focus on the SD850 devices like the Lenovo. Anyone want an #arm64 laptop as a daily driver? https://t.co/GpjhgslzxT
— ? Peter Robinson ? (@nullr0ute) April 7, 2019
Red Hat’s Peter Robinson revealed that the joint force would target the Snapdragon 850 processors initially and that means laptops like Lenovo Yoga c360 could be the target device. Needless to say, the two companies will target other flagship ARM processors including the Snapdragon 8cx, the world’s first 7-nm based processor for Windows 10 on ARM.
Now if all the Linux distributions(or at least the popular ones) also engage in similar projects then I’d argue that it’s a potential threat to Microsoft’s Windows on ARM initiative given the fact that Linux powered ARM devices will have an edge over those running Windows when it comes to pricing. Linux is open source and it’s free.
There isn’t any information regarding the compatibility. Whether Linux on ARM devices can run Linux programs in their current format is yet to be seen. But if it succeeds in doing so, add this one too as an advantage of using Linux on ARM over Windows.