Linux is growing fast! CNN has this article about the $24.5 million super computer ordered by the Department Of Energy (DOE). "Scientists will use the computer to study chemical problems in life sciences, material design, atmospheric chemistry and combustion, PNNL said in a joint statement with supplier Hewlett-Packard (HP) of Palo Alto, California. The computer will also be used to study areas including geochemistry and biochemistry, radioactive and chemical waste detection, storage and management, systems biology, genomics and proteomics. "
The NY Times has this interesting science article on how did the Locus just banished. It talks about the 1800's when Loci were very commun. " In 1875 the species formed the largest recorded locust swarm in the history of humankind, 1,800 miles long and 110 miles wide, equaling the combined area of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Thousands of farm families threw in their shovels and gave up." Read the article, it's very interesting (Free registration required).
According to this article on the NY Times (free reg. req.), Japan has built the world fastest computer. It has the combined power of the 20 fastest US computers together. "
Assembled from 640 specialized nodes that are in turn composed of 5,104 processors made by NEC, the new Japanese supercomputer occupies the space of four tennis courts and has achieved a computing speed of 35.6 trillion mathematical operations a second. ". Wow, that's a computer. I wish I could run LatinoMixed.com/lems1 from there :-).
The main reason why I took off MacOS X from my first generation iBook was lack of speed. Everything seem to crawl everytime I launch anything. I have never seen any other *Nix-based OS that uses the CPU so inefficiently than MacOS X. We all understand that the G4 processor has "two gigaflops" siting there just waiting, for then running MacOSX is a joke. This article from Wired Magazine expands more on this issue of lost of speed even for doing simple stuff such as web browsing!
Taking into account that the Zaurus PDA and other ARM-based Linux PDAs are essentially just that, 'small linux distro' (a lot like Debian with Qtopia on top), how easy is it to setup a TCP/IP network? You might be surprise on how tricky and easy it can be... read on...