Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:05 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Complaining about Windows Vista is a national past time on Internet forums these days. Windows Vista 'costs too much', 'has onerous product activation', 'requires too much hardware', etc. These complaints are often followed up by a very simple boast: 'I'm just going to switch to Linux'. But in today's landscape, how viable is that statment? Is the threat to switch to Linux an empty one, or is it entirely possible?"
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RE[3]: 64bit
by KenJackson on Thu 8th Mar 2007 03:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 64bit"
KenJackson
Member since:
2005-07-18

90% of people ... won't *need* what 64bit brings ...

That reminds me of a guy I met back in '81 that said a similar thing as he steadfastly declared that CP/M can do all you need to do in only 64KB, so you don't need an IBM PC with 128KB that runs PC/DOS.

Personally, I find 512MB is plenty of memory for my software development, browsing and office-app needs. But the growth in demand for more is inexorable.

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RE[4]: 64bit
by kaiwai on Thu 8th Mar 2007 21:06 in reply to "RE[3]: 64bit"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

But there is a difference, I am talking about the here and now; there is a difference. Maybe in 2-4 years time, then sure, 64bit processors *might* become the status quo, but lets remember that its only been recently that 64bit processors came out from Intel - I doubt software companies are going to throw out the opportunity to sell to customers.

But like I said, if customers want *more* memory than 4gigs, the current range of 32bit processors can do just that, and given the improvements in SSE3 - you can do 64bit (or even 128bit) computation just as efficiently, especially with the way SSE instructions are executed on the current range of Core and Core 2 processors.

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RE[5]: 64bit
by CowMan on Fri 9th Mar 2007 04:59 in reply to "RE[4]: 64bit"
CowMan Member since:
2006-09-26

...BUT! If we didn't have 64-bit now, there would be no incentive to make those 64-bit programs. Without which, there'd be no need for the hardware. Which wouldn't be developed then, as there would be no use - you'd have nothing to run on it.

Hardware has tossed out the eggs. Let the chicken be a chick first, so when it comes time to use 64 bit, we're all set up.

I want my 64-bit mIRC program!!!!!

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