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Re: Increasing minimum 'i386' processor

Hi Russel,

On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 09:09:58PM +1100, Russell Coker wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Nov 2011, Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk> wrote:
> > > I think that would be a pity if Debian will not provide anymore a kernel 
> > > for this old cpus.
> > 
> > Maybe you think it's a waste to replace old PCs, but in many cases it's
> > a waste of money to keep them running.  Electricity isn't getting any
> > cheaper and modern systems are much better at power-saving.
> http://doc.coker.com.au/environment/computer-power-use/

> From systems I've tested it seems that the trend has generally been towards 
> increased power use.  Core 2 systems use about half the power of a Pentium-D 
> system but that's more related to how bad then Pentium-D was than anything 
> else.

well, its obvious that the *absolute* power consumption, which is what
you measure, has increased, given that the performance of the systems
has increased as well. 
Measuring absolute values is all nice to compare the effective cost of
running a system, but it does neither support nor weaken the point that
modern systems are much better at power-saving.

Also to actually draw any conclusion from your statistics, one would
need to know more about the hardware in question. Especially its unclear
weither the PSUs used in the systems all have the same efficency.


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