Rant about past, Intel Atom, MS Windows Vista & 7, Linux – and what does this all have to do with netbooks?


I guess my ADHD took the best of me when I wrote the following rant (originally as comment to an article, shamed to admit) after I came upon a 4 year old article:

Intel: MeeGo exists because Microsoft let us down

Looking back at this 4 years later is amusing… Atom was pretty much something Intel had no choice but to go with – unless they wanted to lose a piece of personal computer pie. Netbooks & Ultra-mobile PC’s were on their way and a low power/heat CPU was necessary to do if Intel wanted their x86-line CPU’s on them.
Some seem to think that Intel was causing MS extra work – and that’s just bull. Be there no Atom MS would have had to compete with mini-laptop OS’s under a different architecture altogether – most likely ARM.
Now, porting an OS, even a huge mess tightly tied to CPU (Windows runs some crazy stuff in kernel space – ring 0 – to make it faster, such as parts of font system [!?] and, if installed&used, parts of their database server, etc.), is something definitely in grasp of MS – it’s not even the first non-x86 port among Windows NT familyline… No doubt they could’ve and would’ve ported their next version (why you don’t see vista on netbooks explained below) of windows to ARM CPU’s, but then what? Linux already compiled and ran fine on ARM, and as for the 3rd party software – well, anything not hardware specific compiles just as well on one as on another system, and most of the software people run on Linux is F/OSS, their source code is not only available but often even adjusted between distros and they are all available from software repositories of your distro, and like Windows Update installs OS updates, in Linux all software you have installed from the repositories get’s updated the same way the OS does. Continue reading

Temporarily down, back on friday.


My server is temporarily down because of electricity shortage – should be back some time tomorrow (as of writing), Friday that is.

Meanwhile salamanteri.dyndns.org redirects to here.

NOTE! My server is down, this is an emergency backup site…


…and I’m trying to backup the blog database here as fast as possible because my server will be offline at least a half month! When I get the stuff here this site will offer all the posts, pages and files of my server.

Unfortunately right now I can only manage to copy some of latest post and most important pages from google’s cached version of my site but I’m quite certain that the situation will be fixed before weekend is over.

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