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There are some extremely interesting tidbits here!
For example the fact that Zeta R1 is outselling BeOS R5 (Though I assume they are talking per time-period, which is reasonable given that YellowTAB benefits from a userbase which waited to buy a new version).
I have no idea what 'Zintro' is though. Anyone?
More info on the Zintro:
It looks pretty interesting, thanks.
I guess it's the demo CD
Is a computer running Zeta they announced an extremely long time ago, and which kinda vanished after that. It looked a bit like a Buffalo wireless router, from memory - extremely small tower.
That looks like suspiciously like a std miniITX board in a custom case but the backside doesn't look right, and whats the KVM for? Still 690eu seems a bit steep given these boards can be had for <$200 but then small form factor gear is way overpriced in most places. At least if true, the miniITX runs Zeta atleast, never knew that for sure.
on 04/2/22 I must have missed this
It seems like a really sweet machine, but it has no cd/dvd drive
I -always- wanted to have BeOS running on a compact, VIA EPIA-based computer. And I also need a KVM switch. So this little gem is just what I need.
I would add a TV card to it, and perhaps an external DVD burner.
Now, if I could boot and run Zeta/BeOS from solid-state instead of a hard disk, that would be just great. Something like Ferromagnetic RAM should be fast enough and alows for unlimited writes.
I don't expect to see Ferro DRAM any time soon, it looks like one of those next year things (forever). But I would hope that the USB Flash drives could get faster, much much faster, I think they are only at 2MBytes/s even with USB2 because the demand hasn't been for speed, just size.
On the subject of nice, I also noticed that in the SFF arena there are now Athlon (Geode NX <10W, not the old NS Geode) and Pentium M miniITX boards popping up as well as a SFF IWIll dual Opteron but not exactly in the retail channel yet.
It will be interseting to see if a iMiniMac will run Zeta/BeOS/Haiku too. My biggest issue is getting any SFF machine to drive 2 monitors at >>1600 res.
I don't expect to see Ferro DRAM any time soon, it looks like one of those next year things (forever).
First of all, I wasn't talking about "Ferro DRAM" whatever that is. Ferromagnetic RAM is certainly not dynamic - it doesn't need any refresh by definition. So, perhaps you're talking about a different product.
This is what I have been talking about:
I have a 256 Kbit FRAM on my shelf - I have had it for about a year now, and have been using it in some of my designs. My IC belongs to a batch that has a 10E8 rewrite cycles. Ramtron has now upped the number of rewrite cycles to infinite, for the same IC.
For a comparison, Flash RAM whitstands up to 10E5 rewrites at best. Worse yet, the writes are sectorized: you can't write just one bit, you have to rewrite a whole cell/sector (can be several K). Flash RAM is very bad for writes, and hence, I guess, has not found large acceptance for non-embedded OSes.
It will be interseting to see if a iMiniMac will run Zeta/BeOS/Haiku too.
Do you mean the PPC version of these OSes? I don't know if there's a PPC version of Zeta, I suspect there isn't. Yet.
MiniMac is too new for BeOS r5 PPC version, and the others haven't been ported yet and probably will not be ported for a long time (nor is Haiku finished at all).
But we can keep on dreaming