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Re: ARM Opportunities for Linux

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____/ High Plains Thumper on Tuesday 23 Aug 2011 01:43 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Homer on Sunday:
>>> Kari Laine spake thusly:
>>>> I would like to see a 8 core powerpc based computer from IBM, with
>>>> couple of cell processors added...
>>> Why?
>>> Personally, I'd prefer to see and end to the current trend of relying
>>> on ridiculously powerful hardware to compensate for grossly inefficient
>>> software and lazy programming. Low-resource hardware forces developers
>>> to think like real programmers again. Perverting that hardware into
>>> some Intel-equivalent behemoth would completely defeat the point. It'd
>>> also raise the price and power consumption, completely defeating two
>>> other very important points.
>> In a conversation about 8-core PowerPC computers last week, it turned
>> out that video producers do need them. I asked why they don't just use a
>> remote computational server for rendering. Personally, I use two
>> desktops here to access two 8-core beasts. All I have to do is display
>> the output over SSH and write it to disk.
> I agree with you Homer on your assessment. We have ridiculously powerful
> hardware for desktops, and the software is a real slug. At work, I have
> an Intel dual core processor at 2.2 GHz with 2 GB RAM, WinXP wheezes on
> the desktop. It takes about 7 or 8 minutes before I have a usable
> desktop. It has McAfee A/V.
> That is why I like Linux and use it extensively at home. It is up in less
> that 30 seconds and I have a usable desktop with the latest Ubuntu. It
> has been working flawlessly with the new Linux compatible Wifi card
> (native drivers) that I bought from Tiger Direct for $14 US plus shipping.
> For entertainment, there's OpenArena, plus Majong and the usual card
> games (solitaire) that I enjoy.
> There's also available from US Dept. of Energy, a Linux version of the
> Energy Management software for analyzing energy usage for a building,
> that I have and like, basically does away with the need for Windows.
> I think Roy as academic and as scientific as he is might enjoy a copy of
> that to play around with.

I already use Debian and Ubuntu on my PCs in the living room and Ubuntu on
two servers at the back room. Energy Management software is not something
I have use for. 

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