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The ARM 64 experiment

Well, here it is, at this moment looks logical multimedia on debian 32 (raspbian) and production on suse 42 x64 ARM, seems stable, usable, modern and well designed, using 32GB cards, compatible with most setups, “and” actually running as well on 12v (direct solar, with 12v DC to 3A USB converter, monitor is 12v, 3.3A plugged directly,) drains mostly less than 1-2A, so, is all good.

Now, let’s see, with a SPARC64, solaris 11, (scalable,) farm of servers, or even ol IBM mainframe running linux in the back, 60$ per station, who needs PCs and Macs now ?, well, there are still folks that buy gas guzzlers, so for PCs and Macs cultists, (and government appropriation mitwits,) there may be a future, even if the wallet hurts. 😉

Here raspbian, debian 32 (jessie:)





And here suse 64, v42 (stable)









Written by dibi58

September 29, 2017 at 10:53 pm


One question to pose oneself at this time, is if all the drama that has characterized the US IT industry since the last decade and a half, may not be actually an “opportunity” to strip from the US the leadership of the IT market, with the same logic that happened in the cars market in the last half century.

Let’s remember what happened for a minute, there was a time that US car makers were only bragging about their “superior technology,” that time started when the US had a market share of 50% and ended, with a miserable 5% share ih the last century. One thing is certain, the “superiority” does not seem to be that impressive any longer.

The first crack in the US IT system has been in the early nineties, with open software, even if the effects are not “yet” completelly visible, the following DRM, TPM, VPRO, spying agendas, et cetera, are “all” a symptom that the possibility of losing a grip on the market, and is something they are quite afraid of, since they have tried to shift in “hardware” their dominant position.

Now, the unreliability of US controlled consumer hardware, (just as software, subject to remote sabotage,) developed starting in the 21st century, is also a sign of the attempt to shift the monopoly position into some different zone, but nevertheless the effort may turn out alienating every user on the planet sooner or later, is a fact that even if in the US nobody carries it, (probably some hidden rulings make it so,) there is plenty of hardware now to go around the american brand names for systems, routers, and phone equipment.

Certainly it may take more in the US to get to discard completelly hardware compatibility with (most of) the US industry, but the question one should pose himself is why should not the users in asia, europe, africa and oceania, for instance start buying en-masse chinese MIPS or british ARM64 or japanese SPARC, instead than full of spyware Intel or AMD, same for tablets and phones …

So far nobody sells such stuff in the US, probably because of bullying of the wall street spying mafia complex, but again, globalization is going to crash anytime now, so may as well be prepared …

Also, a good start, separating video and communications from systems, separating data from code, dropping systems that can not run esclusivelly from livecd, dropping flash storage of any kind, few ideas … maybe there is something new to do for all the small shops and integrators the arrogant US IT industry and government have wiped out of the market in the last 20 years, with their nazi-orwellian agenda …

There was a naive time in IT, when once a system crashed systematically, we would keep installing it like sisyphus, but at some point it may came a stage of maturity, whereas when a class of systems gets to create problems systematically, with the same pragmatism gets to hit the donation pile or the garbage, and that time is not too far in time …

Written by dibi58

September 7, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Posted in general

The inconvenient problem of desktops for the masses

So now that the masses have a new entertaining disinformation tool, the internet of the big editorial media, the churches of the third millenia, and the social networks, the mass gadgets junk software producers of IT, are all busy to figure out how to capitalize on that, and the emerging computing reality for the masses, seems to go towards:

1) “Apps” stores, where they can milk you a bit for any little idiocy

2) Cloud systems, where they “own” your digital life, since your data are on “their” servers accessible to anybody (see the privacy issue of Ashley Madison,) to be expected, sooner or later when you create legalized espionage and software extortion sites, “somebody” outside may do the same thing to you, notice, today 81,300 results in only (0.31 seconds.) Facebook anybody ?

I get highly suspicious when IT companies propose security where “they” have the access to your system and your encryption keys, and the facts confirm my suspicion, android ? a pile of garbage remote controlled, clearly proved that even without the customer having administrative access, they are “all faulty and all subject to hijack,” and now windows 10 risks (or most likely, “is going to be,”) the same, “and” probably M$ will sneak in “updates” to do the same thing to all other versions out there, so the whole M$ ecosystem is now in danger (starting with windows 8 cloud, where they hijack the control of your system remotely, not by default, but still same end result, just like android, and for the ones who doubt, no, apple is not any better, “remotely managed unprivileged” in “reality” means “hackers privileged.”)

And since is now about 22-23 years that I have been playing with linux, (I still have 0.99 floppies and earlier ones, don’t remember the release, think they are 0.49,) and even longer with BSD, (the vax in the garage runs it just fine,) with a renewed interest (and better skills) of hackers, guess is time to switch to something else (and that happened about 2009, for PCs, while on workstations has been going on since the mid nineties,) with the reasoning that OSX and AIX are too hardware picky, the VMS and HP-UX used hardware is too expensive, and those systems may never be ported outside of their own legacy world.

So, I’m running solaris now, “scalable” from a PC to very large systems, being conscious that BSD is excellent, especially for a server, has been around since the 70’s, very stable code, (IOWs keeping an eye on it for the future,) but the newer file system and the desktop side are still shaky, and is difficult to virtualize in a painless manner, even if I don’t disdeign some linux boxes, hey, I even run windows (very rarely, when I have time to waste waiting for the zillion of updates to install, or the infinite number of reboots, actually also in the days my brain is gone, since on windows, brain is optional, anybody can get any program to run, the main problem is keeping windows running, but have to do that on different days.) And here it is, 5.11.3:



I’m not here to preach anything (as the many of the churches of OSX, windows, and linux may,) my future programs are looking eventually at BSD, or maybe at linux again, or maybe sticking with solaris, or maybe going to VMS on PCs, (for now the VMs and the hardware do just fine,) whenever the port to x64 may (or may not) be any useful, “but” for now, this is my everyday system, flexible, thanks to virtualization, can be a router, a virtual switch, or can run anything else in virtual machines, in much safer settings than hardware, oracle, both mysql and legacy databases runs extremely well on solaris, and so does virtualbox:



“And” if you want a totally open one, you can get it here, completely free, is called openindiana instead than solaris, is behind one or two releases (no big deal) “and” is mostly “very” compatible. And that’s all for now, folks:

Written by dibi58

August 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm