Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2007 14:58 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows "It's the end of the line for 32-bit operating systems, Microsoft has proclaimed at its annual Windows Hardware Engineering conference After the software giant has gotten over its hangover from partying like it's 1999 with the release of Windows Server 2008, it will have one last 32-bit hurrah with a 'release 2' update to Windows Server 2008, and that'll be it. 32 bit CPU: if you have one, learn to love Vista - you're stuck with it.There will be no more versions of Windows - on desktop or server - that will work on 32-bit CPUs like Pentium 4 or Core Duo."
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Dump Windows and switch to SPARC
by rom508 on Thu 17th May 2007 22:41 UTC
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# uname -a
SunOS ultra10 5.10 Generic_118833-36 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-5_10

# psrinfo -pv
The physical processor has 1 virtual processor (0)
UltraSPARC-IIi (portid 0 impl 0x12 ver 0x91 clock 440 MHz)

I use the above as my desktop system, which was first released in 1999. Even at 8 years old and 440MHz it is rock solid and quite usable running either NetBSD or Solaris. With properly designed software and the right optimisation techniques there is no need for faster hardware.

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