Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2012 22:52 UTC
Linux Miguel de Icaza: "To sum up: (a) First dimension: things change too quickly, breaking both open source and proprietary software alike; (b) incompatibility across Linux distributions. This killed the ecosystem for third party developers trying to target Linux on the desktop. You would try once, do your best effort to support the 'top' distro or if you were feeling generous 'the top three' distros. Only to find out that your software no longer worked six months later. Supporting Linux on the desktop became a burden for independent developers." Mac OS X came along to scoop up the Linux defectors.
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bassbeast
Member since:
2007-11-11

Uhhh...its stalled because most OEMs aren't paying for 4 RAM slots (the race to the bottom means every slot counts) and it is only VERY recently that 4Gb DDR 3 RAM sticks have become reasonably priced, and that is on the desktop. With laptops you often have one slot, two if you are lucky, and again the RAM prices have kept the OEMs from going higher. Hell my netbook holds 8Gb easily, only came with two even though it had Win 7 X64 installed.

If it was for compatibility reasons they wouldn't install X64 on those systems, they'd install X32.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Most of the polular end user systems I see around in s bjshops are still 32 bit. My corp is also standarized on it.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Funny, all the laptops I'm seeing now come with X64 and 4Gb of RAM, and that is the same with all but the lowest end desktop units.

Sure if you buy the "$299 Best Buy Special" you'll be lucky if you get 2Gb and 32bit, but that's the nature of the beast, same as Intel purposely cripples their Atom chipsets so you can't run more than 2Gb of RAM in an Atom system, which is why I sell the E350 AMDs instead of Atom, most come with 4Gb and can hold 8Gb so no crippling trying to force you to buy a higher unit.

But in the end its just math, you can still get 2Gb chips cheaper than 4Gb and when Dell is making $8 on average for their low end units every dime counts so they are gonna nickel and dime you to death on the BOM. If you'll take a closer look at those 32bit units you'll find other cost cutting measures, like lack of solid caps, crappier fans, PSUs that are barely above what the system pulls,etc. Its just how the game is played friend, no different than if you buy a $600 unit from me you're gonna get a heck of a lot nicer unit than if you buy the $300 one.

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