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Re: [ProgSoc] buying computers
Gabriela writes :
> non-bsd unixs. As for xenix, afaik, it isn't really in use, and if i want
> to use microsoft stuff, i'll use windows :). Minux, Linux was created to
> be a "Minux better than Minux", so i'll use linux :).
JFTR, the xenix / minix recommendations were tongue-in-cheek.
And I thought Linus created Linux as part of his attempt to learn
386 assembler. My history isn't that good.
On the subject of history, NVIDIA does provide some pretty decent
support for their cards -- I recall Tom's had a review (or two) of same
a short while back. <searches> Here 'tis :
Support for XFree 4.0 too, I believe. That story links back to the earlier
one that did the benchmarking.
I guess it depends if you take the hardline rms viewpoint, or the more
moderate 'support is better than occlusion'. Simply due to the nature
of the 3D market, I don't think you'll find open-source 3D drivers for
current hardware for quite a while. In a similar way to state of the
art games engines not being open-sourced, until they're no longer
state of the art.
Tel writes :
> After all, we don't paint ourselves blue and throw ourselves
> high up against the wall to make splat marks.
So much for the power of advertising - I thought they painted
Gabriela writes :
> Um, $1800-$2500 I think. We spent $3300 last time. I think we'd rather
> spend more, to get something that will last longer. But not above $3000.
> Its not on a tight budget, we also have a modem and printer already.
Rather than spend that money at one go, spend it over the life of the
computer. You simply will not be able to purchase a computer that will
last longer than a year. All you can do is try to purchase a system that
lets you upgrade bits and pieces, to extend the lifetime to something
that doesn't make you look back and cringe. That is, it'll be easier in a year
from now to discard a CPU that cost you $240, than one that cost you
three times that amount.
Of course, this implies that you don't buy a Pentium IIII. (Though 10
minutes on theregister or tomshardware will demonstrate why you
shouldn't buy a P4 for performance reasons anyway.)
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