Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2011 22:46 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yes, another item, right away. I'm on the hunt for a mini-ITX motherboard for use in a living room HTPC, and considering there's so much choice out there, I'm a little confused. Then I realised I have you people to help me out, and, well, one thing led to another.
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IvoLimmen
Member since:
2005-07-06

It's most likely possible to virtualize x86 apps within Windows 8. But I guess he will most likely opt for the WINTEL platform as a whole.
It's what I battle with every since I discovered open source. Nobody even wants to try something new even if it better simply because it's unknown.
Can't blame him for using Windows but for someone on OSNews describing the things he is going to use it for (File sharing, video streaming, etc.) I would have expected the use of an alternate OS.
Using an alternate OS can, in this case, even run on cheaper hardware.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I run my own company, and once your income depends on it, you're not going to take any gambles.

Although, one thing I hadn't considered... I can keep the P4 in storage as a backup workstation... Would make ARM an option if the Air Video server runs on ARM?

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IvoLimmen Member since:
2005-07-06

Current ARM processors can easily stream 1080p without making a sweat (in terms of heat ;) ). The Pandaboard I suggested can stream 1080p, and only cost $174, giving you:


* Dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ with Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) at 1 GHz each. Allows for 150% performance increase over previous ARM Cortex-A8 cores.
* Full HD (1080p) multi-standard video encode/decode
* Imagination Technologies’ POWERVR™ SGX540 graphics core supporting all major API's including OpenGL® ES v2.0, OpenGL ES v1.1, OpenVG v1.1 and EGL v1.3 and delivering 2x sustained performance compared to the previous SGX530 core
* Low power audio

This includes 1GB memory.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

It's most likely possible to virtualize x86 apps within Windows 8. But I guess he will most likely opt for the WINTEL platform as a whole.

Depends what he wants to run on it, I think. Chances are good that virtualizing x86 on ARM is going to be extremely inefficient, due to the differences between both architectures that have to be emulated away (remember x86 VM performance before VT-x and AMD-v were out ?). And ARM chips are not renowned for their sheer CPU power...

So whether basic apps can run smoothly is already a big question, and if Thom wants to run anything power-hungry (think Adobe software), he's probably out of luck.

I'm all for alternative OSs myself (heck, I'm even developing one myself, even though as far as I'm concerned the current ARM ecosystem could die a painful death), but his "I want it to replace my work PC and connect with my iPad" requirement is quite strong.

Edited 2011-08-08 06:46 UTC

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IvoLimmen Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm all for alternative OSs myself (heck, I'm even developing one myself, even though as far as I'm concerned the current ARM ecosystem could die a painful death), but his "I want it to replace my work PC and connect with my iPad" requirement is quite strong.


Let ARM die? Do you want a world without HTPC's, Smartphones, Network computer and iPad's (yes it's an ARM derivative)?

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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

Newer cable card solutions in the US do not support Linux. Windows is the only solution if you want to replace those horrible set top boxes that you get from the likes of Verizon and Time Warner.

No, the HD HomeRun Prime doesn't count, it only streams COPY-FREELY content to Linux DVRs.

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