[rescue] Compaq Proliant 8000
Charles Shannon Hendrix
shannon at widomaker.com
Thu Apr 29 16:21:36 CDT 2004
Thu, 29 Apr 2004 @ 15:17 -0400, Dave McGuire said:
> On Apr 29, 2004, at 2:59 PM, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> >PCs aren't very good, but they are inexpensive, popular, and hard to
> I don't have to compete with them. I just exercise my own judgment
> and free will, and I....[wait for it]...
> DON'T BUY THEM.
Works great for servers, because you can get decent UNIX servers
I think it is much harder to get a non-PC desktop though.
Desktop software eats a lot of CPU, video, and sound processing power.
That's what people want, and even I make use of quite a bit of it these
I have a shit-box PC: 700MHz AMD K7, 256MB RAM, dual Adaptec 2940 SCSI,
nVidia graphics, emu10k sound, and misc other pieces.
A "real" workstation with even this much outdated power would cost
quite a bit.
You *can* build a PC that won't crash if you chose your parts carefully,
and in general it will run circles around any used workstation in its
price range, and even quite a few that cost a lot more.
Desktop power outside of the PC/Apple world is *very* expensive.
One thing that might help introduce people to alternative desktops
would be for people like this group to maintain a website listing
good workstation desktop setups. Rate them in terms of their desktop
computing power, and try to keep tabs on the prices, what hardware to
Kind of like a low-end-mac for workstations.
There are a lot of workstation pages out there for course, but few give
you any sense of how the hardware compares with a PC running Linux or
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