Re: OT about Asus, was Re: What is the point of RAID?
On Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 09:57:58PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On 11/08/08 18:59, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> >On Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 04:38:39PM -0600, Mark Allums wrote:
> >>Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> >What about if you don't stick with i386/amd64? I know, there are fewer
> >and fewer (e.g. VAX, Alpha, etc). Do, e.g. HP-9000s have a longer
> >design life? What about IBM SystemP (formally RS/6000) which is
> POWER != PowerPC
> > Sun's Sparc64?
> *CPU architecture* is *totally orthogonal* to the quality of the
Not totally. If the short lifespan of i386/amd64 boards is market
driven, it is possible that the market for other CPU archs drives
different lifespan or quality targets. The extreme end, I suppose,
would be a mainframe. Or, are they like the 100 year old axe that has
had the handle changed 5 times and the head 3 times? Parts break,
redundancy kicks in, change the dead part, still the same computer. If
so, you can do that with three cheap i386 boxes.