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Message 1385835 - Posted: 29 Jun 2013, 16:36:20 UTC
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Unexpected! I found my old ID. Meet Argus, my old soldier. Here is the saga of getting 3dnow to work under Debian.

Good times. Feels like longer than 6 years ago.

Edit: I just noticed some familiar names in that old thread. msattler, Alinator, and Richard Haselgrove, still kicking.

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Message 1386115 - Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 13:46:39 UTC - in response to Message 1385835.

There's a few other names still lingering...

Along with a few old AMDs also...


Here's hoping AMD can hold together against the Intel various anti-competitive tricks to still keep us running with some healthy competition.

(Otherwise, "P4" anyone for another decade?...)


And now newly sneaking onto the scene is ARM...

Meanwhile, Linux continues to expand and grow.

Happy fast freedom crunchin'!
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Message 1386123 - Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 14:33:34 UTC

LOL...

All my K6-x's are still soldiering on. They've got to be getting near the top of the heap in their CPU class by this time. :-D

I also have a Deschutes PII/450, a Katmai PIII/550, a Coppermine PIII/1000, a couple of Northwood P4's chugging along as well. In fact, I still use one of the P4's as my main office machine and it's fine for that purpose even today.

The K6's, PII and PIII's aren't much use as desktops anymore, but make crackerjack backend servers on my engineering, test, and private office networks. I did have to setup one of the P4's with server 2008 once I brought Windows 7+ hosts online. They wouldn't even consider joining an NT 4 domain, and aren't even that happy talking to a W2K AD domain. ;-)

Needless to say, the big AMD rigs are the ones which do the heavy duty pulling nowadays.

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Message 1386192 - Posted: 30 Jun 2013, 19:57:49 UTC - in response to Message 1386123.

I thought about using Argus as a file server, but the board was not SATA, it was IDE. So I just let it go once during a move.

It had burst memory soldered to the board because the K6 memory system was so, um, under-optimized. "Hopelessly memory bound" was how someone once described it.

AMD has a long history of things that are 95% really good, but the 5% problem areas really hurt. I have high hopes that Jim Keller will put a stop to that. I'm hoping he'll make Kaveri live up to it's potential. We'll see.

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