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Re: $75 Single-board Computer Comes with Linux Preinstalled

On Nov 25, 10:26 am, Mark Kent <mark.k...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 7 <website_has_em...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> > Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> >> Tiny $75 SBC gains baseboard

> >> ,----[ Quote ]
> >> | The new baseboard offers a 200-pin SODIMM connector for the eSOM270. The
> >> | eSOM270 (pictured below, right) measures 2.63 x 1.22 x 0.15 inches (69 x
> >> | 31 x 4mm), and comes pre-installed with Linux.
> >> `----
> >>http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS3374867250.html?kc=rss
> > Beef up this little puppy with RAM or get an Ausus EEE or a HiVision  $98
> > laptop, put some Gambas and right away it could be used to control CNC
> > machines out of a USB interface or an RS232 interface.

> > The smaller CNCs could reach $2000 mark and still sell at a profit.

> This market had almost disappeared during the "windows" era.  It's great
> to see innovation back in computing again.

Actually, Linux has been quietly leading a revolution, Linux has
become pervasive - in Appliances.  Unix or Linux powers most
"appliances" including things like:

   Your DVR
   Your Cable Tuner
   Your HDTV set
   Your Digital TV or Digital Cable box.
   Your Cable Modem
   Your WiFi hub
   Firewall routers and VPN routers.
   Millions of "active" web sites.
   Google, Yahoo, Amazon, E-Trade, and other commercial sites.
   Most IT security systems.
   Most IT "back-end" servers.

In fact, it has been Microsoft "Holding Back" the industry, stifling
innovation, trying to keep desktop applications based on Linux and OSS
technology starved from funding, that has prevented far more advanced
desktop technologies.

With Windows you get a "taste" - and many UNIX/Linux applications have
been ported to Windows, including:
   FireFox browser, with tabs, RSS feeds, and multitasking.
   OpenOffice and StarOffice - with features and ease of use that are
superior to Microsoft's in many ways (sorry, no dancing paper clip).

   Streaming video and audio were common on Unix systems in the 1980s,
including telephone switches used by AT&T, Bell Operating Companies,
Northern Telecom, and most major voice carriers.  The Windows versions
are attempts to emulate Linux/Unix kernel capabilities by emulating
the kernel using application threads.

Linux/Unix still has a far superior security model, and since the
Morris worm in 1987, there has not been a significantly successful
attack on either Unix or Linux systems.

Windows has made some huge improvements in reliability, but still
requires a great deal of interactive maintenance and support compared
to either Unix or Linux which can be supported remotely through low-
speet connections and scripts.

Linux has achieved a reputation comparable to UNIX for reliability and
security, but in RISC environments most of the major vendors like IBM,
HP, and Sun reccomend their own brand of UNIX over Linux and recommend
Linux over their competitor's brands, since it's very easy to
transition code written for Linux to the commercial UNIX variants.

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