Random case #1 - you want to know how to administer a cluster. You get 9 boards for $325, a hub and some wires - voilà, a mini-cluster with all the needed patterns.I don't really understand the point of these but thats maybe because I'm a sysadmin and not a programmer. Now give me something I can throw disks and network cards into and I'm happy.
It's battery powered?Random case #2 - you need something to both control a piece of hardware with motors and sensors and at the same time process and store a large stream of information coming from the same sensors, all the while running off batteries inside a cramped unventilated box.
You're just spoiled by Moore's law. It actually compares quite favorably to a 10-year old desktop machine that I have here at home.nor is it a fully functional computer (ARM, severely underpowered).
This might clear up some of the confusion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix-likeI don't know what chip it runs, the BBC report says it runs UNIX/Debian?
EDIT: I'm probably getting confused between UNIX/LINUX, know nothing about either...
My cloth ears, he says" Debian/Linux"
Conceded:yes:Is still not 100% open-source since it is about reverse engineering the interfaces of NVidia cards.
And the problem then: You also need NVidia hardware. Not really optimal.
I had no trouble getting my NVidia card to work on Gentoo a few years back - basic functionality (limited res, no hardware accel) worked "out of the box", and the NVidia driver used a script to install itself quite painlessly.Conceded:yes:
I remember trying to get an Nvidia card to work in Fedora 9 as my introduction to desktop Linux. It was absolute hell, but once I got it working, it was quite adequate.
But do you sort of have to reverse-engineer proprietary hardware to make an open source driver for it:idk:?
Free, plus the cost of the computer running the virtual box.Virtual box or VMware would let you do this - for free.
I've never heard of magnetic/non-magnetic jacks, when did this start? Or is it lost in translation?This is because of a hardware parts substitution that was made in the factory by accident: specifically, where we’d specified jacks with integrated magnetics in the BOM and schematics, the factory soldered in non-magnetic jacks. No magnetics means no network connection.