GNU GPL Freedom Vblog

GNU GPL Freedom Vblog

 

Just a quick blog for you all regarding GNU GPL.

Seems like many have lost their way or even become a little confused as to the real reason for GNU GPL Free software.
I keep seeing people making videos on youtube regarding free software, GNU Linux and so on. The all famous statement “developers need to eat” Well that is great and is very true while extreme capitalism exists. Just remember you are nothing but a TOOL.

I want to share with you exactly what are the facts and reasons for the GPL the facts and some of my opinions.

Freedom, that is the short and simple answer. It is about nothing more and nothing less.

Computers can be programmed to do any task, run your home, manage your power usage, turn on your coffee machine in the morning, check email and educate yourself, just what you are doing right now by watching this video.

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Longer answer:

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Piracy enforcement violating freedom ACTA/SOPA/PIPA

Piracy enforcement on a computer violates our freedom

This is such a simple concept to understand yet not even the huge brains in government can actually grasp this concept. Maybe there just as much brainwashed as everyone else.

Well sit back read and get ready to have your mind unlocked, set free in the understanding of true freedom in this concept.

I recently watched a video on youtube of an interview with Richard Stallman. Now the Two Muppet’s interviewing Richard placed some great arguments but because there minds could not grasp this concept they failed miserably to answer any further questions and became argumentatively stuck on a simple concept. It may have had something to do with there simple thinking narrow mind built on the current financial money machine.

Remember were talking about freedom NOT making money…

Here is the video first its a long video but you can skip it and read on then come back to it if you wish ill keep the concept running without the need to watch the video.

So the problem comes about when we think about how to actually understand why enforcing piracy actually violates our freedom. Here are a few models to set the stage of thought. Continue reading

WooHoo Google android ADK arduino based microcontroller

WOW is my first words and bring it on.

Google have opened up a new innovation platform for C++ programmers and engineers alike with a great new idea to connect USB accessories and the likes to there android devices.

ARM7 type Microcontrolers which are generally programed to do all sorts of things such as control LCD displays, fan controllers, USB memory controllers and so on can now be made and pluged into a android device extending the devices capabilities.

Why would anyone want to do this? Well let your imagination run wild. As an engineer this opens up my vocabulary in so many ways. Imagine accessories to control your cars engine management system, engine start/stop, radio scanners, transmitters for HAM radio, the list goes on.

Most microcontrollers are programed in Assembly language but MicroChip have made a C++ language IDE that can program modern microcontrolers. This really is a great new mobile platform innovation that really steps up the mark for innovators world wide.

Check out the full article here by Electronics News

2012 Intel E7 AMD opteron 6200 Shock

Hello again my good Internet readers.

I felt the urge for a post in regard to the current processor developments between Intel and AMD this year.

We have seen it all happen over the past 3 years with Intel and AMD battling it out in court over patents and more. One thing was learnt from this, that was that Intel are still pounding and bullying AMD over the patent share for x86 lol yea as silly as that sounds. For those that dont know Intel developed the x86 arch and for AMD to manufacture there chips they must work with Intel closely (maybe too close for comfort) on some sort of arrangement to allow them to make a x86 chip. Scary stuff aye.

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Well it turns out Intel want access to AMD’s patents, “holly guacamole” and Intel believe this totally fair because there allowed! primarily because there given the right to use x86. Now we got this out the way we can look deeper into current relations that are impacting us as the consumer and maybe answer why Intel want access to there latest patents.

Its 2012 and AMD have released what many say is a totally flopped processor yet no one has actually taken a closer look at the CPUspec sheets on these chips. Although the step up for more cores has not directly doubled performance it certainly did something.

In this article i will be comparing 2 socket(DP=Dual processor NOT double penetration as one reader a few years ago thought it was.) systems used in HPC workstations/servers.

The Intel E7-2870 @ 2.4ghz 10 core that includes hyperthreading.

AMD Opteron 6272 @2.1ghz 16 core

I used these chips as comparison because there both quad memory chips. all 5600 and core chips from Intel are only triple channel.

Now The AMD 6272 rolls out on the market @ ~£500.00/chip

Wait for it!

The Intel E7-2870 rolls out at ~£3800.00/chip

By taking a look at the CPUspec site we can see performance marks, totally ignoring the memory performance for a moment and just focus on the CPU mark the AMD scores 392 and 448 peek wow.

Intel scores nearly identical remember its 10 cores with 20 threads so thats 40 threads 20 cores scores 502 and 535 peek say what, thats about a 100 difference so does that mean they took that value and used it as a multiplier for the price.

As one can see this might be why Intel are giving AMD a hard time wanting to know how they did this, remember the AMD 6272is clocked @ 2.1ghz with a much lower TDP while Intel E7-2870 is a 2.4ghz and slightly higher TDP.

Now a price like that at nearly 8000 gbp is insane in comparison to 1000 gbp for a pair of AMD 6270’s with very little performance gap. Someone is ripping someone off here and it sure is not AMD. If you have read my previous article titled “Concerns with Intel processors” you will see that Intel is really not looking good. The future Intel marketing plan is very flawed.

So to all those people screaming how bad AMD is doing with there processors just take a quick look at this insanity. Sure Intel is faster not by much but by god they are so far apart on price its unreal.

I personally support AMD on there ideals all the way reason being is that every home, user, developer from all walks of life should be able to enjoy high performance computing at an affordable price. AMD are one of the only companies to provide this. Intel are due to release there new EFI or UEFI BIOS replacement which actually has built in network drivers that do not let you turn them off. This is a new initiative by Intel to allow for automatic updates and anti piracy software. There building into there processor a hardware based code block to stop software that has not got permission to use certain Intellectual Property rights to not execute. If that was not bad enough the UEFI allows this to be remotely updated over the Internet. Scary stuff, certainly enough to make alarm bells ring.Ill make another post as soon as i can compile the information together regarding Intel’s UEFI BIOS Replacement.

Could well be that HPC open free computing is going to cost you £8000.00 and closed locked dictatorship computing will be available at the £1000.00 price all curtsy of Intel. With this in mind one can only say God bless you AMD and keep up the good work. Freedom and innovation on Linux and other OS’s can really only survive with a free open platform(free as in free speech).

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Thanks for reading and keep yourselves wise to it, its about the only way you can stop them ripping you off or limiting your abilities.

AMD PCIe 3.0 HPC Opterons

I recently read a thread on AMD forums which i just had to reply to.

The thread was talking about PCIe 3.0 and how its waste the time AMD jump on the band wagon and implement this interface at present. Something i think a very important issue to AMD at present with the market looking for HPC and future proofing there server products it is imperative they at least make one slot available in PCIe Gen 3.0.

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Here is my reply to the thread:

Interesting thread and this in my opinion is going to make or break AMD in the next year if they dont sort it.

Here is an interesting story for you, i can understand the concerns why many want PCIe 3.0 support and its not really the performance update.

In 2001 high end workstation were breaking over to PCIe leaving AGP behind as well as moving to 64bit computing. The high end market was embedding superfast AGP slots that had not yet been saturated in fact they were not saturated until about 2004. Why does this matter? well because those that had purchased a workstation at costs 3X the standard top PC gaming system ended up royally screwed. The chipsets throttled you to upgrading to 64bit and the PCIe generation crushed out all future options for AGP. Yes we seen the gaming market change there boards like they change there underpants but when that mainboard, CPU(S) cost as much as they do its not that simple. Your pretty much forced to chuck it and replace in fact expandable options in the HPC workstation server market is a massive problem as it is not cheap tat that can be changed like your underpants.

With the above in mind on buying a mainboard processor solution you need to think 4 years from now what you are going to need, remember were talking $5000.00++ investment here that you might have to throw away after 2 years urm NOT an option.

You spend that kind of cash you really need a future proof solution so its not actually about performance now its about getting that extra bit of poke for minimal upgrade to your investment. By scrapping and buying new it is clearly a bad move. If AMD dont move fast or change something soon in the HPC market people are not going to consider AMD solutions to there investments for the next few years.

I not going to blat lots of replies to different people so ill put it all here. Someone had mentioned changing the socket and having PCIe 3.0 on the CPU die. Yes Intel have done this, there maybe a issue for AMD to do this its called Patents lol, Intel might have the IP on it. At present if you take a look at the mainboard plans for C32/G34 sockets you will see all PCIe is handled by the southbridge SR5xxx chipset. HT3 is not 2 x X16 its actually x16 + x8 take a look at the Tyan mainboard documentation to see this. PCIe gen 2.0 X16 is a 5GT/s lane where 3.0 ups the speed to 8GT/s PCIe gen 4.0 due 2015 is PCIe gen 3.0 in paralel making X32 lane @ 8gt/s so if AMD dont move fast on this there in trouble with PCIe 4.0 just 3 years away you can bet your bottom dollar Intels E7 chips are going to be all over it in 2 years. I am expecting Intel to be all over PCIe 3.0 for there E7 DP/MP before the end of this year. There is a market lead AMD can take here with there opterons 4000/6000 and FX series.

AMD memory controller is already set for delivering 2ghz ddr3 memory. There HT interconnects need to be overclocked as mentioned by some posts in this thread and that is mostly i say mostly down to mainboard manufacturers. The PCB tracking has to be made and tuned to handle these speeds. Check out PCIsig for the specs they have to adhere to. Crosstalk, inductance are a big issue when dealing with these speeds a slight mistake and it can render the entire board useless. Remember you cant just overclock you need to balance the PCB interconnects correctly to get it working. Intel have managed it to a certain degree of success, proves it can be done.

To those who thing software does not use it, well that is in your Windows world and this is why the Linux server dominates the planet at present. It allows developers/administrators to really open it up, thats the meaning of free software after all. Thats why we need PCIe 3.0 this year so AMD needs get busy squeezing there chips to blow the world away with the best HPC or they might just loose the race.

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Thanks for reading and i hope AMD read this too because after all its there customers that buy which in turn pay there wages. Sorry for spelling errors if any peace and fingers crossed we get what we need so we can invest and keep our innovation going. I say that because compiling allot of source code takes a loooooong time and openCL really needs a faster PCIe slot.

Our freedom is destroyed (Intelectual Property protection)

The real deal SOPA PIPA IPP

As i am sure most people are aware of the recent commotion regarding the SOPA bill, yet something many have let slip by or have not realized has slipped by. Something that has been about for quite a few years that is imperative that it is confined to the furnace bin never to be exercised again.

Intellectual Property Protection, the biggest most frightening problem we have regarding our freedom on the Internet today. Its the real heart(root) of the whole need for SOPA.

If alarm bells are not ringing in your head by now well they should be. Intellectual property protection is known as software patents where its primary purpose is to patent software technology. This is to include things like software alogarythms or complex software design. Things like HTML language or mathematical applications such as Matlab.

The problem begins when someone patents a program like Matlab or Autocad. This patent allows them to become a monopoly. If you or anyone else decide to make a similar program it violates there patent and means you must pay them royalty. You probably think well this is ok, then how does healthy competition occur. There are more than one way to skin a cat meaning you could make something to do the same thing just in not the same way your they did it. All that said this is only implicated if someone intends to sell the product commercially. Rightly so as your invention deserves royalty paid to you, you did invent it after all. What happens when it is not an invention?

The above video is a great resource provided by google in regard to patents and its terrible down falls, highly destructive nature, specifically to the public. Although it helps to fuel investment for large corporations this is non focused on the public. A great example in this video was that a 20 year software patent is a strain on innovation, restricting future competitors resulting in stupendously high prices. When another competitor arrives on the market to offer a cheaper maybe even better solution they are then crushed by the exclusive large firm explained @20:18 in the above video.

  • The video bellow is Linus Torvoids talking about Microsoft now in todays day being the infringing exclusive firm on our freedom and human rights.

Of course it is clear that granting exclusive rights to companies is a great way to bring in investment, share holders and the likes so that the technology and or software can progress to a further commercial stage. That said it is also clear that with the granted right comes detrimental destructive use that is used for monopolizing a product. Further more it infringes on our freedom in such a way that our choices are forced to have to comply with the companies exclusive rights. This is clearly seen in the open source Linux space where nothing is commercial or is sold, in fact it is yielding far more innovation than commercial software vendors. The open source space has taken a huge battering from Microsoft in that patent claims have cause very limited video and sound drivers, graphics and multimedia application innovation to a halt.

Even worst for those that did not catch it in the first video @34:13 what an amazing example of infringement of human rights if we can still call them that. A patent taken out not(NOT) buy the scientist who developed the abortion method but a random patent filed granting him exclusive rights to weather a woman in America can have a first trimester abortion or not, clearly infringing on her constitutional right. Do you still think this is not a problem?

Why? as mentioned in the video software innovation is driven buy incentive from customers needs. most software companies build a software package to a customers need so in all due respect it is the customer that is the inventor. Should he not own the patent?

There is a law within the UK that if anyone else knows about the invention it automatically becomes NON patentable no matter what you do it can not be patented as it is not unique anymore. Only the inventor and the patent office or persons directly involved in the patent know about it until the day it is filed. Therefore the above customer driven incentive/innovation would and could not be patented, obtaining a patent in this area would be void due to obtaining it under false pretenses. You falsified your claim stating that you were the sole inventor of the technology.

I may be further updating this post as and when new information develops or further study develops a worthy blog. Bellow is a video blog from a youtuber who shares his understandings and points about software patents. Very interesting video of his points many i agree with.

Reply to Nick Clegg regarding Phone hacking

Hi Nick

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to respond to this scandal. Yes I
do consider it a scandal and way out of order.

I have been a specialist in the field of electronics security hacking
and computers of all kinds for many years now. There is not much I don’t
know or can not do.

For years the system has been the same, only those such as the BBC or
Mr Murdoch’s corporate capitalism have secured. The public network is
wide open in fact so far so that not only can corporations do this but
any 5 year old who can use a screwdriver.

There is a law and that states prison penalties for interfering with a
public network weather it wireless or land line. A common trick in the
hacking times was to make sure all components used were BABT certified
this allows connection of any circuit you make to be allowed onto the
network phone or whatever. This BABT certificate insures no
interference so it just made hacking legal lol.
Saying that then comes the data protection act which is a point of
unlawfully gaining information digitally or analogue that does not
belong to you. I know this fully states digital data but as for
specifically analogue voice calls well that’s something else.

I really do think the Data Protection Act for peoples privacy who ever
they are is updated. A service provider such as BT or even Virgin
media, NTL, Diamond Cable and the likes must be held responsible for
these insecurities of there users or customers privacy. Penalties must
be high and not imposed on those particularly who commit the crime.
More punishment must be placed on the providers, why? because if this
is so the providers such as BT and so on would have to invest in
security measures to protect the public not pass it on to the person
committing the crime. Cure the problem not the symptom.

If you are told securing this is not possible then you need to reject
that claim. I have been in this industry for years and if only a few
steps and investment (penny’s in all respect) was taken the problem
would be solved. This applies for digital as well as analogue in fact
in today digital networks it is so simple to secure its a joke. its
cost is man hours in days maybe weeks not months. Yes I am talking
about a random encryption key form. This allows each call to generate a
LARGE random key that is unique to that call and that call alone only
those that made the call can hear each other its used wide spread in
email and VOIP which virtually all networks use now.

The above works well for land lines or corded systems, the next area to
overcome is wireless. WIMAX is the biggest pitfall this was hacked in 3
weeks since O2 and Vodafone implemented the system its a joke really
is. They pulled of a wide open cellular to WIMAX an unencrypted
Ethernet network that suffers from 20 year old hackings of which are
impossible at present to secure. Unless the above encryption method is
to be wide spread as a must in the system.

I can not stress enough that the companies delivering these services
must Must be held accountable for this so that they will do something
about it otherwise they will implore NMP(Not my problem) attitude well
know in business. Yes people may also have to purchase new telephone
equipment that meets a new standard to encrypt the line right from the
handset, a new BABT certification would it be. one that actually
focusses on security rather than interference to there unsecured
network.

The system could be staggered as to allow the user to use secure call
handsets in comparison to insecure. The network must make sure its
encrypted once the signal hits there systems. This means the only way
to intervene the call would be to pin the wire.
Pin the wire is a technique known as sticking a pin in the cable to
make contact with the conductor allowing you to listen to the traffic
passing over it unencrypted data and audio.

If you got this far I have to say well done and thank you for reading,
there is one more serious issue. Somewhat an issue you will be very
familiar with.

The internet traffic filtering, as you jump back saying “here we go” a
crucial problem faced by encrypted networks is you cant filter it. You
don’t have any idea what is passing between sources as its encrypted
unless you have the master key. Random keys may become a problem unless
they pull it up know the pass phrase and are able to decrypt the data.
Who can be trusted to do this the network companies or would you make
it legal to brute force (crack) the pass key. who makes the pass key
the customer, well they best be able to means the user takes
responsibility for there privacy in a user friendly way so that the
corporations can meet there security responsibility.

Either way virgin media don’t like me encrypting my emails they
sometimes never reach there destination lol. That’s a clear indication
of conflicting interests there.

Simply you need to cure the problem not the symptoms This account just
proves there is a huge problem with peoples privacy. Could it be that
he is manipulating you to take action so that he can take more control
by making things more controlled in the media industry. Maybe just
maybe. Careful consideration needs to be taken on how media the key
word here ‘media’ is and must be kept free from capitalisation and god
forbid monopolised. We should be able to share our media how we
want and free from constraint something that is a growing problem right
now and Mr Murdoch I am sure has something of an influence. They must
not have the right or power to influence peoples choices as to what
music or programs they wish to watch or listen to.

Social Engineering must be made illegal or disallowed. A good point
from the presence of the EU were part of would be to make sure right
across Europe that manipulation and social engineering is to be made
illegal with high punishments in media or person to person.

Thanks for reading this sorry it was long but I have allot of views in
this field many of which are from experience. If you have any further
questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you again.


Kind Regards

understanding Linux is simple very simple

lol understanding Linux is simple very simple Linux comes from Linus, acronym of his name Linus Torvalds, simple.

“GNU = GNU is Not Unix”. Its a play on words that is very common in the opensource community e.g. PHP = PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.

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It is a very very powerful kernel, Ubuntu, debian, slackware etc are all packages on the Linux kernel with package managers providing install methods and all have different ways. i personally believe in the slax/gentoo way that is compile from source.
Package managers are nothing more than a way to distribute, Ubuntu is a debian distribution method that’s it. Linux is the platform eg. the kernel. that’s Linux nothing more yes this powerful kernel can run Xorg, kde, gnome and all these apps scripts languages and most of all the kernel comes with a built in gcc compiler. What is Linux? Well Nixie its a powerful kernel. if you refer to ubuntu as your distro then its called ubuntu Linux it builds on the same kernel every single Linux platform is built on, all that is different is packages are pre-compiled as a “deb” compressed format called a package manager.

Most old school Linux people like me install  downloading the source to your home folder and doing ./configure && make then make install similarly to building the kernel.
The slang a few years ago was ‘compiling it yourself was a small price to pay for free software and the most powerful operating system in the world’.
The fact Ubuntu precompiled and distributes Linux in this way is and as i can see is a god blessing for those who are starting out not knowing how to program, compile or even what a compiler is lol. not many people understand the concept of the compile options either.

Briefly, windows runs on a 386 enhanced model that means 386 not 486 or Pentium it means 386. ubuntu is on a 686 arch when you compile your own you can use sse 1 2 3 4 686, nocona, em64, amd64, ia32 and more depending on hardware of course. Ubuntu precompiled have problems here. Some people the 686 enhanced will not run well on there system hence you need to recompile your binarys to use it better.

In windows you would have to suffer no matter how hard you tried windows would still keep you stuck on using a 386 enhanced OS, only recently (16 years after the release of the Pentium processor) has Microsoft decided to compile windows with extra enhancements Vista = 486 OMG 486 of all progression of there software to 20 years since 486 machines have been used. I agree with many on this a level of backward compatibility is needed for he who has an older Pentium system windows needs to be able to run on that system as well. Windows is not open source as we know so it can only come out in one or two precompiled binary forms 32bit and 64 bit.

Freedom of the Linux kernel yup you guessed it Linux allows you to take the source code and compile it to your native hardware utilising every single core, thread, memory address, everything. In the most stable rock solid foundations ever because you compiled it native to your system. Thats why Linux is so stable. For those about to shout wait up i had this crash that crash etc. hey there software bugs or you may have tried to compile a 64bit on a 32bit or just not set compile options correctly to run it. In the case of Ubuntu it is pre-compiled to the average hardware spec meaning this could be at fault. There is also the area of faulty hardware, memory is a fatal cause of these kind of errors and certain kernel options required, if the kernel is compiled with bad options then the kernel can not access your hardware correctly causing faults like these.

A tip for new linux users check your Logs. If you use gnome you can navigate to Applications -> system tools -> Log file viewer.

Another tip to see all your logs as a user is navigate to:  System -> Preferences -> main menu and find the entry of the Log file viewer, once you have found it then place gksu in front of the command so it should look like this without the punctuation “gksu gnome-system-log”

Now it asks for your password and after this displays all system log files including the dbus if you have installed it. If you have not got Dbus i would advise you to go install it as all your error output when something goes wrong is int there. this allows you to trace a fault if ever you get one.

Look at the bright side at least with Linux you can fix it unlike windows you have to report it and wait for windows to send out a fix if they ever do that is.

So what is Linux The name game as you say its Linux = a Kernel, the distribution is exactly as its name its a method of distributing Linux packages making life that little bit easier in the Linux world and as Chris Perillo Will Linux ever be popular got so so wrong by suggesting war between packages, there is no war between vendors or open source projects there maybe a competition in some cases which is very healthy but no war. To answer this i ask you this, do you want to do anything everything whatever you want when you want in the way that you want to do it? If yes then Linux is for you. Its an operating system allowing fair trade of skills to be passed from one experienced programmer to another and then passed to a user who can report bugs back to the programmers to fix making the whole OS the most powerful OS ever made and you pay for it by just using it and contributing to that effort, its a form of trading without money. yet at the same time allows everyone the freedom to do what they want in the way they want.

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ATI Linux and windows response

Recently i responded to another BUG in Ati linux drivers. This raised some thought i am having about buying a new computer. Bellow is my response to the ATI bugzilla unofficial website.
Yea i tried the beta 8.57 drivers, this version seems to load very unstable mind with crashes etc. From what i can gather X server 1.7.x has changed the DPMSEnabledswitch to DPMSEnable not sure the reason for doing this but hey.

I moved onto the KMS Raadeon for now and it seems to run much better. Oddly fglrx module remained in my kernel modules and without me having it configured in the xorg.conf it became loaded. Not sure what happened there. must say it would be nice to see the fglrx driver working with the kms driver as the kms provides native resolution via edid for my monitors. still trying to figure out if i can set tty1 and tty2 to my individual monitors using the kms driver. that would be awesome.

I am also in a dilema of weather to buy ATI again or Nvidia. ATI seem to be really pushing down the route of windows dx etc which leaves me to believe there not focusing on linux users. Being a gentoo user i do require compile times to be reduced. Especially when i can fix problems my self in code(i gave up messing with ATI drivers long time ago on my firegl) I spent more time fixing the ATI drivers for my firegl than i did working on fixing and developing other stuff so i am a bit battered to say the least by ATI.

This renders a big question in which AMD or Intel processors/hardware is better suited for linux system over the next 10 years. AMD clearly dont give a crap about windows much as they just add more cores, seing as windows has limits to the amount of cores you can have to it windows OS it dont seem to bother AMD yet intel take account of this so who is doing what which is the best way to go.

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So what is the thought on this. Its fair to say windows is a dominating operating system in todays modern computing but the beuty years ago of hanging on to a PC for dear life(which did happen) was because we had the choice of what we could program and run on the system. It was not a computer you purchased from a shop which was pre-programed with an OS you just used etc. It allowed you to choose, gave you flexability in what you wanted to do with it etc.

If every manufacture from nvidia intel AMD and so on become 100% revolved around producing a windows system then the PC market looses that freedom and its sure as hell something i dont want to see.

Linux for me has always been an education, being as i am a person who loves to learn, study, research etc linux fits the bill perfectly. Most people like to sit relax and enjoy watching the television, some like to sit watching Youtube videos, some like to sit on social networking sites all night and day well hey thats your choice for me i like to tinker learn play with things to learn program design develop things the way i want it. This is not a financial gain for me its about personal gain. I get a level of satisfaction from completing a project seing it work and enjoying what i have built makes my entertainment.

So where and what hardware is made for people like me?

What is the hardware companies leading on to because if they leave the linux market open then its a great business opertunity for others to rival and prosper. ALthough this sounds good one problem exists, Intel or AMD would most likely not allow this and have some sort of say on the matter or maybe even release a product at silly cheap prices for a few months to destroy the company.

If the above occurs i think it would give retired hackers a purpose again to hack lol.

Concerns with Intel processors

It has been 10 years since i purchased an Intel processor and my system has seen better days.

So i am shopping around designing, developing a new system for my self. It would seem Intel have dragged there ass a bit since 2001 seeing as the Nahalem is a break through arch released 8 years after the Pentium 4 arch.

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To me it seems not much has happened from Intel during this time. AMD had developed Hyper-transport well before Intel moving to QPI( quick path interconnect) I still have so many questions unanswered as to why Intel took so long in moving the traditional FSB which clearly has given AMD a running start.

Could it be that Intel wanted to give AMD a running start? is it possible that Intel needed to resolve royalty rights with AMD over this new interconnect? I don’t know, one thing i do know is that over the past 15-20 years we have seen Intel and AMD supposedly head to head but that said. AMD incorporated MMX technology and Intel using aspects of 3Dnow technology. I have a suspicion that Intel and AMD have a collaboration in sharing architecture even though there in competition.

What do i think of Nahalem, well there is a thing. In comparison to price and power and ‘Does it do it for me’ I am not very impressed.

Why?

The Nahalem arch seems a great processor but for the price there asking to scratch the surface of what i want it to do versus price well it scratches the surface for a ‘it will definitely do it’ price and there is no guarantee from Intel it will.  I have gone with the jargon many years ago with Intel’s first Hyperthreading Xeon Pentium 4 class processors but on arrival of these processors they did not perform anywhere near close to Intel’s word.

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You guessed it, that kind of leaves me not able to trust what Intel says. Baring in mind it has taken them over 5 years to come out with a processor that works on today’s market as good as the Pentium 4 did. It must be said that the performance of the Nahalem arch is a wow, I just thought i would put that in there.

What concerns me is that the DP Xeon which is set and built for the development workstation/server market and a core i7 950 seems to par to its performance. Of course a DP system is a different to a desktop core i7 but in overall comparison the performance boost is not double the compute power needed for a workstation. So why is its price triple that of a desktop system. As i mentioned above performance to price is way off.

In 2006 Sun Microsystems developed the very first 8 core 256 thread processor which was later re-programed to 64 threads all of which were individually assignable threads by the developer. This still runs in as a 4 socket system making 8×4=32 physical cores and 64×4= 256 individual threads. A big argument here is the power this system uses well it runs on a 1.6kw or 1600w power supply unit which is a very common wattage used in a normal gamers desktop unit. with a single processor and graphics card.

Intel are still to release a 8 core processor and even looking at there road-map each core only has 2 threads which can NOT be assigned by the user/developer. It should be said here that late 2006 start 2007 Intel and Sun Microsoystems started a collaboration on server products due to the Ultrasparc processor.

Further more concerns in this area is that Sun Microsystems managed to squeeze 8 cores 256 threads, two PCIe gen2 interfaces two 10gbe’s all on a 95nm die. Intel told us the Nahalem arch would be scaled to 8 cores yet they are scaling the first 6 cores onto a 32nm die, of course not including the 6 cores used on the 7400 MP processors. Due to be released soon is a Xeon MP Nahalem 8 core processor which clearly indicates to us Intel could have made an 8 core Nahalem 3 years ago, but did not.

Proof that Intel lies to its customers misleading them to buy an older model for latest prices. so 8 core Nahalem on 45nm should mean at least an 8 core Westemere on 32nm.

A few years ago the difference of the Xeon enterprise and workstation Xeon was MP for enterprise and DP for workstation or mid server. Put simply if an 8 core MP processor was available then a 8 core DP processor was available allowing Workstation users to develop on the same arch that they new would be portable to the MP systems.

I don’t know maybe i am reading into it too much. one things for certain, Intel’s marketing for there processors is ripping the consumer off with lies and overpriced markups.

A question for the road.

Would you pay thousands on a product knowing that for the same price you could have double the quantity?

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