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What Does Getting Thrashed Feel Like?

Ubuntu runs on POWER8. That's likely not news to many of you. But what hopefully is news, is that you're not allowed to say "So what?" any more. (Call it "Randall's Rule of POWER"). By doing so, you discount that which can power the future. Remember the future? I recently stumbled on a fresh analysis of IBM POWER8 vs "something else". Here's what stood out, and what one author has called a "thrashing": POWER8 offers: 8 threads per core (compared to 2) twice the amount of L2 Cache memory per core almost twice as much L3 ...

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Are You Bullish on OpenPOWER?

Earlier, I blogged about my belief that OpenPOWER represents the next big disruption in the server space. Turns out I'm not alone. Check out what another author has to say: "My personal belief is probably obvious, and I believe this has an excellent chance of success, and is the greatest threat to Intel and x86 in the server space. The technology is excellent, the degree of freedom partners have extraordinary and the partners strong and well-respected. We should also consider the importance of China, and IBM's partnerships there. While there's no such thing as a sure thing ...

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Ubuntu LoCo Team Global Jam Packs

For a long time now Canonical has provided Ubuntu LoCo Teams with material to use in the promotion of Ubuntu. This has come in the form of CDs and DVDs for Ubuntu releases, as well as conference packs for booths and shows. We’ve also been sent several packages, when requested by an Ubuntu Member, to LoCo Teams for their own events, such as release parties or global jams. This cycle we are extending this offer to any LoCo team that is hosting an in-person Global Jam event. It doesn’t matter how many people are going, or what you ...

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San Francisco Ubuntu Global Jam at Gandi.net on Sunday February 8th

For years Gandi.net has been a strong supporter of Open Source communities and non-profits. From their early support of Debian to their current support of Ubuntu via discounts to Ubuntu Members they’ve been directly supportive of projects I’m passionate about. I was delighted when I heard they had opened an office in my own city of San Francisco, and they’ve generously offered to host the next Ubuntu Global Jam for the Ubuntu California team right here at their office in the city. + = Jam! What’s an Ubuntu Global Jam? From the FAQ on the wiki: A ...

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Why Smart Phones Aren't - Reason #6

You dutifully inform me that I have a voice message waiting. You carefully protect me from some unknown threat by forcing me to type in a voice mail password that I can never remember, *every* time. You eat my minutes to hear someone say "Call me back, blah, blah, blah." "Smart" phone, why are you wasting my time? You see, I never wanted your voice mail anti-feature. You assumed I did. I gave you my voice mail password more than a few times. Why did you not remember it? Why can you not just inform people that there are better ...

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