M$’s writeoff of huge inventories of RT PCs is just the tip of the iceberg that Wintel has struck.
“The retail channel is currently facing serious excessive inventory troubles as most retailers are still unable to finish digesting their Ivy Bridge-based PC inventories and could be working on clearing the inventories for the rest of 2013, according to sources from channel retailers.”
Wintel just cannot compete against FLOSS on ARM if M$ and Intel don’t toss their high-priced model. OEMs are fleeing to */Linux on small cheap computers. In my own home Wintel is dead. All of my PCs do run Intel or AMD except for tablets and smartphones but my next purchase may well be an ARMed PC. I have spent more money on a new motherboard and PSU to keep Beast alive than it would cost to get a good ARMed system up and running. For example, I could buy the up-coming descendant of Trimslice, Utilite.
“Powered by Freescale i.MX6 system-on-chip, Utilite is the next generation of CompuLabâ€™s highly acclaimed Trim-Slice computer. Featuring a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, up-to 4GB RAM and dual-head 1080p display output, Utilite expands the 2011 Trim-Slice offering with up-to twice the performance and less than half the starting price of $99. Designed into an elegant â€œzero-screwsâ€ housing and measuring only 5.3â€ x 3.9â€ x 0.8â€, Utilite provides unprecedentedly rich I/O with dual GbE, 5 USB ports, 802.11 WiFi and Bluetooth.”
While Utilite may be a little light on performance compared to Beast’s AMD 64 Phenom II processor, the cost of the whole system starts less than the cost of Beast’s RAM. Power consumption is 8W or less and there’s no fan to collect dust. I probably should replace Beast’s ancient keyboard with a USB model and the monitor could be improved with HDMI as well. I could switch from hard drives to SSD. My present hard drives could go into a NAS or USB storage array. I could put the savings I have from not buying Wintel into hardware that actually does something for me.