companies are starting to get smart and letting their employees work from home.
What do you foresee happening to GNU in the next 20, 50, and 100 years?
I bet they run in Wine!
He could be creating a deb that could be installed that installs and configures various services to make a debian-based system look like the old FreeNAS. I've used FreeNAS and there is really no reason to have a dedicated system for services that it provides. Many of the people that already use it either use FreeBSD or Linux on another system. If those systems could also run the easy configuration of FreeNAS, they could consolidate systems in their environment.
That's all guessing though. I really hope it ends up being an apt-get package in a repository some where. I like FreeNAS, but I would rather dedicate hardware resources to something else that is more utilitarian, even if that means I have to configure every service myself.
I don't think the goal was CPU processing.
Also, the article says "supercomputer" not server.
I ran ZFS/FUSE on Ubuntu 64-bit for about 3 months. Aside from some performance issues, it worked great up until about 20-30 reading and writing threads, when it crashed. It was easy enough to restart the file system, but I also had to restart the 15 VMs I had running on it. It would crash predictably though, so that's something.
ZFS under FreeBSD or Solaris is so much nicer. The performance even on the same hardware is many times better in straight reading and writing throughput.
truthfully, once you pass the barrier where you are swapping, the benefits of additional ram diminish significantly.
Wasn't it Microsoft that went before a senate committee asking for more H-1B visas because they could not find enough qualified workers?
At that instant, Microsoft's H-1B visa workers became an issue with the senate.
sadly, when they get into the corporate world, most of them will want to converse about intelligent topics, but will be met with blank stares and "did you see that football game last night!"
I don't think the purpose of a card like that is gaming. Sure, games will work very nicely with it, but paying several thousand dollars for a video card like this when your game is only going to use 10% of the available power is VERY wasteful.