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[ZDNet] Intel builds its microserver, ARM hedges

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Intel doesn’t do wimpy chips and made its name pushing performance. But just in case this crazy ARM-based microserver thing takes off Intel wants you to know it has a master plan.

In a briefing Tuesday, Intel executives rolled out its plan for microservers, small low-power units that are used in large-scale environments deployed by the likes of Facebook. The plan: Release new Xeons that are built for microservers.
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it never hurts to have a broader range of options. Invariably, the more [solid]choices one has the more likely they are to arrive at an optimal solution
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i always giggled at the idea of arm ever being in a laptop or desktop, never even crossed my mind that it would ever end up on a server...

this last 2 years in technology has really, blown my mind at what is out there...and how unprepared we really are, in software, being locked into x86 for 20 years...directx for 15 years...windows for 20 years...

hate to sound like a totally die hard linux fanboi here, but FOSS has been building to this moment, i don't think the proprietary segment is any where close to being ready...
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I will definitely buy one of these if prices are right. It would be nice to have a server/firewall box connected to my router.
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i always giggled at the idea of arm ever being in a laptop or desktop, never even crossed my mind that it would ever end up on a server...

this last 2 years in technology has really, blown my mind at what is out there...and how unprepared we really are, in software, being locked into x86 for 20 years...directx for 15 years...windows for 20 years...

hate to sound like a totally die hard linux fanboi here, but FOSS has been building to this moment, i don't think the proprietary segment is any where close to being ready...
Come out of the stone age mate, not everyone is broke, and many people are willing to drop hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a computer hardware & software....

Last time I Checked Linux wasn't a popular mainstream OS... Windows or OSX is.... Because of the sheer # of PC Gamers out there, Linux will continue fail till they meet the gaming Market's desires....

Gaming is the one thing that the FOSS has not given enough attention to... Till they start making great free games for Linux, Linux will always remain a second choice for many users.

Problem is, this is only one point, there are about 3 other major points that Linux fails at... Hardware support being a major one too..

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Server computers are better if they are lower power, especially when you start talking about 10 CPUs running in that server, the cost feed those CPUs would get expensive fast!
Edited by _GTech - 3/15/11 at 11:32pm
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Come out of the stone age mate, not everyone is broke, and many people are willing to drop hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a computer hardware & software....

Last time I Checked Linux wasn't a popular mainstream OS... Windows or OSX is.... Because of the sheer # of PC Gamers out there, Linux will continue fail till they meet the gaming Market's desires....

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Problem is, this is only one point, there are about 3 other major points that Linux fails at... Hardware support being a major one too..
Its not only games, but development. Windows is a much better developer-friendly environment than Linux is with much better integrated tools.
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Come out of the stone age mate, not everyone is broke, and many people are willing to drop hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a computer hardware & software....

Last time I Checked Linux wasn't a popular mainstream OS... Windows or OSX is.... Because of the sheer # of PC Gamers out there, Linux will continue fail till they meet the gaming Market's desires....

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Problem is, this is only one point, there are about 3 other major points that Linux fails at... Hardware support being a major one too..

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Server computers are better if they are lower power, especially when you start talking about 10 CPUs running in that server, the cost feed those CPUs would get expensive fast!
are you seriously that obtuse man?

i wasn't talking about the desktop here, i was talking about the server market, if they start to shift towards these arm mini-servers, where windows is currently not on...with the exception of winmo 7 which isn't designed to run a server...

in the mobile market, it is mainly apple and google fighting it out, with arm as a big contributor there as well...intel, amd no where to be found and MS kinda made a stand with winmo 7, but it wasn't as big as they had hoped...

we are in the middle of a paradigm shift here, computers and technology aren't going to be as clear cut as they use to be...lot more options on the horizon...

i made mention open source is in a better position atm, as most of its software and OS's have already or can easily be ported to arm...it takes a proprietary company a lot longer, if ever, to support any sort of move like this...

we've seen in it the past where these companies and developers could've easily support a mac and windows client, but only chose to support a windows client...you really think they will want or be able to support a windows x86 and a arm if it came down to it?

MS sees this shift happening, why else would they even consider an arm port of windows 8, when arm been out for years...
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