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Linux.com: Hardware: A Different Approach: The Search For RISC

Nov 07, 2000, 09:16 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ross Sanders)

"I perused the usual Linux sites the other day and one thing struck me as rather interesting. Have you ever noticed that most of the Linux sites are devoted to running Linux on the x86 series of computers and its myriad of different forms? I personally have an IBM compatible, one that I built myself more or less organically. Matter of fact, I have 2 such computers. I would guess that at least 60% of computers running Linux are x86 types. I don't have statistics to back me up, it's just a guess based on observation of all the information dedicated to one type of system over the others."

"Since I'm getting ready to consider a new system, I would like you to accompany me on the shopping trip. I'm looking for that most rare beast: a RISC system that's inexpensive and yet powerful enough to meet my requirements. I'm decided to put this shopping adventure into a series of articles. I'll look at 3 different types of systems that would likely actually be inside my price range and support the tasks (hardware) I wish to attach."

"My requirements? First, I am creating a gaming world and I prefer a system with good rendering capabilities both on the CPU level *and* the GPU level, (not just placing the load all on the GPU). More important, it must be able to quickly handle large amounts of imaging and astronomical data as well as control a telescope's stepping motors."

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