I have known for years that typical PCs running that other OS are about half as fast as PCs running GNU/Linux. Now M$ admits it’s true. They are selling PCs with no crapware except theirs and, of course, they do run faster, a lot faster. Of course, if you install anything on them they will run slower again thanks to the damned registry, fragmentation, etc. Continue reading ‘Making Trash Look Fast’
Archive for March 7th, 2011
I was very disappointed when ASUS sold out to M$ to remove Linux from the eeePC, but there is hope. An interview with ASUS revealed that ASUS will release a netbook with Meego and a netbook with Android/Linux in the next quarter.
“And what about alternative operating systems for laptops? Will Asus support MeeGo, Android and others?
We are actively working with Intel, and since April to June are planning to submit its first netbook MeeGo. The model will be on the Atom. Moreover, there will be another model on the Atom, but with Android. Today, thanks to Windows netbooks have become mini-laptops. And alternative OS narrowed focus functionality and devices to the Internet – that is, we again obtain the original idea of the netbook.”
See http://hi-tech.mail.ru/article/misc/ASUS_Jerry_Shen-int_cebit2011.html (Russian, English translation by Google)
That’s great news. Perhaps we will see these on retail shelves around here. Too bad ASUS didn’t use ARM. That would be even better.
After reading SJVN’s article about upcoming releases of Ubuntu, I thought I would take a closer look at the “enemy”, a new UI and non-X GNU/Linux. You see, I have been perfectly satisfied with GNU/Linux for the last ten years, warts and all. Making it appear as something totally different to the end-user is not something for which I thurst. My fear is that stuff will be changed for the sake of change rather than for better performance/reliability. I expect radical change will result in a radical decrease in reliability at least for a time.
I started by looking for a download. The wiki pointed me to a beta which does not exist, but I found an alpha, natty-desktop-i386.iso. I intend to install it in a virtual machine on my notebook just to see how it works. I know it has bugs but about a month before release, it should be working somewhat. Debian Squeeze was working if you could install it properly six months before its release…
No joy. The installation boot showed
and showed some progress lights for a bit and then I got
Login timed out after 60seconds.
Welcome to Ubuntu Natty (development branch) (GNU/Linux 2.6.38-5-generic i686)
* Documentation https://help.ubuntu.com/
So, I was not impressed. I might try again when they get to beta-testing. I could find nothing current in their buglist.
UPDATE Tried again and reached a commandline. The .iso is a live CD apparently. It could not start gdm with the Cirrus chip faked by my virtual machine.
On the third try I used a generic vga video interface and got something that looked like a wallpaper but nothing on it. I had a bunch of popups saying something or other had died. Obviously others are able to run this thing but they must have hardware different from my emulators.
Seth Weintraub makes minced meat of some of the bullet-points of Jobs introduction of the iPad 2. No doubt Apple makes a decent product, but why do they have to lie? Lying is a no-no in technological evangelism. Continue reading ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Steve Jobs’
The Register has an article about a small cheap computer from Toshiba. One of the main conclusions appears on the first page:
“Today, that means a 1.66GHz Atom N455. Released almost a year ago, the 45nm N455 is a two-core, four-thread part with a graphics core, the GMA 3150, built into the CPU module. It supports 800MHz DDR 2 memory, of Continue reading ‘Struggling to Cope with 1gB of RAM…’
Many people accept that GNU/Linux has a place on the server but not on personal computers. I don’t understand that. A recent article in The Register describes the average costs of a data-centre:
“servers account for 50 percent of the total cost of ownership of a typical Internet data center over three years, and power consumption is another 23 percent, there is a lot that Intel can do to make it less expensive to do server computing and therefore leave more money for companies to acquire more iron. Labor accounts for 13 per cent of TCO, says Waxman, with networking representing another 6 per cent, facilities 5 per cent, and other items 3 per cent.”
The last servers that I built from parts for a school cost about $1000. If I had put 2003 on it, the cost would have more than doubled, so the numbers above seem about right. My terminal servers are essentially a powerful desktop PC so these numbers should be similar for personal computers.
With a personal computer you are more likely to have some hand-holding to do so “help desk” would be a component but the costs of licensing that other OS are very large. That’s one of the main reasons to use GNU/Linux, because we have better things to do with our money than to send it to M$ in Redmond, WA, USA. That’s why I know GNU/Linux will sell well if retailers put it on the shelves. Cost does matter.