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Comment Insert Obligatory Beowulf Cluster Remark Here... (Score 2) 161

Seriously, I would install a dozen of these type B boards in a case, only use a single power supply, a Ethernet switch and make a low power blade server. I think the power / speed / price ratio would work out. Add a NAS for storage, and you could have a fairly powerful blade for a fraction of the big boys. BOM works out to 12 x 35 = 420. Add a case / PS, Switch. Boot from SD and store everything on a NAS (add extra cost for storage). There's a lot to like about these boards. I think they could be a game changer.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi due to ship next month. Single board (

MrLinuxHead writes: "Ultra low power and very compact, the Raspberry Pi is expected to ship next month, and has a wide range of applications, including media server, Linux desktop, applications development, router/firewall, and multi- blade servers. This little guy could change the world.
  "The Raspberry Pi has now been split into two versions: One priced at $25 and one at $35. The 25$, Quake 3 Arena running device is packed with the protypes same 700MHZ ARM 11 processor, runs Linux and has the same USB and HDMI ports. The latest version has128MB of RAM, uses an SD card and has an audio and RCA video jack. The $35 model gets you the same specs, plus 256MB of RAM and an Ethernet port." Amazing little Soc board. It's small enough to fit inside a keyboard or monitor. Review is here."

Comment K12Linux (Score 1) 618

K12Linux is Linux Terminal Server Project ( integrated with Fedora 10 and higher, in a convenient LiveUSB or DVD media installer. Since 1999 LTSP has empowered many schools and businesses with Linux-based terminal servers and thin clients, allowing low-cost clients or recycled computers to become powerful Linux desktop machines. K12Linux allows easy deployment of a Linux terminal server, capable of serving entire networks of netboot diskless clients. Clients login to the central terminal server, where they can use any Linux desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, XFCE, etc.) and most desktop applications. Significant long-term cost savings are made possible by central management of software and accounts.

Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time" 619

theodp writes "When he gets some free time away from his gigs at startup Milo and The Register, you won't catch Ted Dziuba doing any recreational programming. And he wouldn't want to work for a company that doesn't hire those who don't code in their spare time. 'You know what's more awesome than spending my Saturday afternoon learning Haskell by hacking away at a few Project Euler problems?' asks Dziuba. 'F***, ANYTHING.'"

Platform Independent C++ OS Library? 310

quench writes "Hello! I have been away from Windows and Linux application software for 5 years or so, doing mainly C-like embedded C++ programming. Now, I am about to start a project emulating embedded hardware on Windows. Been there, doing #ifdef WIN32 and #ifdef LINUX stuff, don't really want to go there any more. What I actually need is a platform independent lib covering Windows and Linux variants to handle sockets, IPC and threads abstractions. And a rock solid but simple embedded database to emulate flash memory. My reflex said, go for ACE and Berkeley-DB. Tell me, am I out of time? Am I missing something new and trendy, easier to use and better? Did time stand still?"

Swarm — a New Approach To Distributed Computation 80

An anonymous reader writes "Ian Clarke, creator of Freenet, has been working on a new open source project called Swarm. The concept is to allow a computer program to be distributed across multiple computers in a manner almost completely transparent to the programmer. The system observes the program executing and figures out how the workload should be distributed for maximum efficiency. Swarm is implemented in Scala. Its at an early-prototype stage, and Ian has created a good 36 minute video explaining the concept and the current implementation."

Comment Re:Vista got some really undeserved looks. (Score 1) 332

Lots of people gave Vista a bad rep because -- get this -- they didn't know how to use their damned computers!

I'm sure that must be it. I've only personally owned computers since 1982, taught myself assembler to write faster games on a C=64, hacked hardware on an Amiga, switched to Linux in '98 or so, got a Slashdot login some time the same week, picked up FreeBSD a few months later, snagged a degree in CompSci, built the home server sitting next to me from Newegg parts, and turned an HP Mini into a Hackintosh last month. That must be why my wife's dual-core laptop with 2GB of RAM and Vista ran like crap from the day we bought it, even after I stripped out the OEM junk and have almost nothing running at startup: because I'm a technophobic newbie who doesn't know how to use my damned computers.


Yeah, Ditto to that. Vista's UI is a mess IMHO. I hate it. Windows 7 is a vast improvement, and if the past is any indicator, this will be Vista's death lurch. People will be buying new PC's with 7 and Vista will slowly wither on the vine, much as ME did. Even old-timer's are ready to move forward with it.


Submission + - Monster Tile64 multi-core CPU announced (

MrLinuxHead writes: "The TILE64(TM) family of multicore processors delivers immense compute performance to drive the latest generation of embedded applications. This revolutionary processor features 64 identical processor cores (tiles) interconnected with Tilera's iMesh(TM) on-chip network.

Each tile is a complete full-featured processor, including integrated L1 & L2 cache and a non-blocking switch that connects the tile into the mesh. This means that each tile can independently run a full operating system, or multiple tiles taken together can run a multi-processing operating system like SMP Linux."

Comment Not really so hard to fix Malware . . (Score 1) 631

I use one of these It boots to a known clean OS, scans and remove viruses and spyware very neatly. I used to have to remove the hard drive from PC's and put them on as a slave drive but that got old very quickly. Now I can do ten or twenty machines at a time.

Comment Would their own browser improve search results? (Score -1, Troll) 355

Think about it. If everyone's using a google-sactioned browser, the browser could tell google which pages were more popular than others. It'd be a massive violation of privacy but Google Desktop search didn't seem to take privacy that seriously...

If GBrowser updated every time a page was read, google's main business could profit tremendously.

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