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Linux After Y2K 26

jonathan_ingram writes "Through some strange twist in the space-time continuum, Linux Today has received Joe Pranevich's Wonderful World of Linux 3.0 one year early... Nice to know RMS will still be around after the end of civilisation." Um ... yeah. You may want to read up on Abacus World Expo before you try to figure out what Joe P. is talking about in this story.
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Linux After Y2K

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  • I guess this forces us to ask if the beads be multi-threaded?

  • That was actually pretty funny.

    And yes, I've gotten 2.2 to boot on my abacus flawlessly. :)

  • Firstly, Is any support for palm-top abaci being planned? And second, I'm wondering when FreeBSD will release their own bead platform Any help on these would be greatly appreciated.
  • What about support for one bead Boolean algebra abaci? Hopefully in 3.2
  • Either go up to london and steal Babbage's differential engine (Even if it doesnt run linux, it looks damn pretty while its working out log tables) or live in an old mill I know that has a few hundred watt generator in it. (powered by water, I think that's Y2k compliant)
  • by alexhmit01 ( 104757 ) on Wednesday October 20, 1999 @10:20PM (#1597651)
    I guess the real question is the SMP support... I mean, what if I want to put my aLinux rectangle down and use both hands...

    Hell, if a friend comes over and uses his hands, how well does the aLinux implementation scale to 4 hands and beyond... I believe Sun has a aSolaris implementation where the racks are so spread out that 256 hands can work on it simulatenously...

  • I have a loom that uses it.
  • If we make pocket versions of aLinux it should beat the crap out of Microsoft's AbacusCE
    AbacusCE is a totally closed design (the glued it together with super-glue) whereas aLinux is put together with screws. so you can customize it (change the color of the balls etc.)
  • by pb ( 1020 ) on Wednesday October 20, 1999 @10:50PM (#1597655)
    30,000 beads is not nearly enough to run X...

    I guess the NSA will have rooms full of these things running some proprietary SMP bead-manipulating operating system to break our high-tech Triple-XOR implementations. :)
    pb Reply rather than vaguely moderate me.
  • by Accipiter ( 8228 ) on Thursday October 21, 1999 @04:28AM (#1597656)
    Linux 3.0 is nice. But what about remote administration? No problem. I've solved that with The StickTM. The StickTM allows you to control your Linux box--err Abacus from up to 6 feet away! This way, you can fend off wild looters while rebooting your abacus. (NOTE: If the looters get a bit too rowdy, The StickTM can also be used as a weapon.)

    -- Give him Head? Be a Beacon?

  • We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. You can only do so much with an abacus. Joe could learn a lot from the afterY2K strip, you need more than one gag to make it work.

  • Yeah. It's a room full of hypothetical chimps whose existence is deterministic. If you open the door, the Schroedinger Cat problem applies (half die). Quantum Monkeys-- the GUI of the future!
  • Man. I wonder how much work we can do with this in a Beowulf cluster.......

    Chas - The one, the only.
    THANK GOD!!!
  • by Bill Currie ( 487 ) on Wednesday October 20, 1999 @11:49PM (#1597663) Homepage
    Will aLinux 3.0 support fault tolerand abacii? This vxab stuff from Stratacus has got my beads in a twist. I've got to merge the beads of two abacii (both of them having been previously used) and the docs are'nt the most informative. Unfortunatly the aLinux HOWTOs don't apply to aFTX. Arg, bloody proprietary abacii and OSs.
  • News Flash!
    Because of Intel's ongoing support for Linux, they have decided to work on Abacus Bead processors. Intel said they will quickly formulate a new Farm which will create 30,000 bead processors with multi-threading built-in, which means that Abacus Linux and Abacus programs won't have to do their own multi-threading. This is great because of the Abacus computers' limited support for certain things. Their first Abacus processor will be the Beadium, followed by the Beadium Pro, Beadium II, and Beadium III. There will be a 20,000-bead version of the Beadium II processor, which will be for users that don't need a lot of Abacus and bead power. The Beadium processors will all include AbacusMMX, AbacusSSE, and a new set of instructions, right now codenamed "Cactii". They say that they will be able to seamlessly integrate the use of Cactus Juice for faster bead operations of the Abacus. Intel has promised that the first release of the Beadium Pro will come out promptly way late after the initial release of Abacus Linux.
  • by Bill Currie ( 487 ) on Wednesday October 20, 1999 @11:50PM (#1597665) Homepage
    Sure, but if your operations aren't thread-save, you run the risk of corrupting your beads and threads resulting in a tangles mess.
  • makes the beads slippery and easier to deal with ... they're not going with oil because cactus juice ROCKS ;-)
  • you would be amazed how well linux 3.0 integrates with palm-OS 4.0 ; almost hand in hand, as it were!

  • The poster makes a good point.

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