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Cake day: Oct 28, 2020


To be honest, most people don’t give a thought to the OS they use. They haven’t considered the ethics/politics. They’ve probably never even seen a Linux GUI. They bought a device with an OS preinstalled and, so long as it has the apps they want to use : that’s fine. Heck! many of them are still on Vista.

The inertia preventing change (for anything) is enormous (and even more so if you don’t really understand something - like tech) : fundamentally, we’re conservative, and lazy, (and frightened) as a species, and if something works… don’t mess with it.

I am cautiously optimistic for Linux though, because I can see a couple of catalysts for a sea-change.

Firstly Windows11 - which increasingly relies on an internet connection, and a log in. I think this will bar Micro$oft from poorer communities - especially since it requires new hardware. And I think it might make governments and businesses wonder what information Micro$oft are mining.

Secondly the tech trade war - China is one of the biggest producers, if not the biggest producer of electronics, and they constitute 20% of the market too… And they’re moving away from US proprietary systems : The electronics which are going to be coming out of China are going to have an Open Source OS.

Couldn’t agree more!

These are the same well-rehearsed arguments that I’ve been making for over a year now.

I can’t see the deal being allowed to go ahead - free trade, it seems, has its limits! :P

But whatever happens : Arm is the undisputed loser. Manufacturers will be questioning Arm’s management, wondering just how stable the company is.

If the deal doesn’t go ahead, Arm will either be floated, or some sort of consortium will be formed between those who use the ISA. In either case, Arm will need to seek out further funding, and compete for projects which are well-funded.

Meanwhile Arm are right to point out that RISC-V has spent the uncertainty maturing its ISA and gaining popularity with OEMs… It might not be too long before they aren’t so reliant on ARM to develop their products.

IF the deal were to go ahead, Arm would be stripped for parts. And everyone will be putting in practice their contingency plan to go with RISC-V.

I much prefer the elegant kinetic beauty of wind turbines - especially in a cluster, to the ugly scar of a line of pylons: give me a turbine any day.

I absolutely agree with you!

What happens to Arm if the deal doesn’t go ahead?

I think they’re right to fear a flotation - the ROI has been surprisingly low for a company that’s supposed to be worth US$40B… And Arm are looking to raise money, not produce profits just to give the money to investors.

Qualcomm’s idea of users of the ISA clubbing together to maintain it - I guess more-or-less the Foundation model - might raise some money… but wouldn’t that reduce Arm to custodians of the specification?

Arm could open source the ISA… That would probably consign RISC-V to the classroom… but it would diminish Arm Ltd. too.

: Chip designers for hire, and scrabbling for funding the next processor.

I would say that RISC-V is going to be competing in all areas, and possibly more quickly than many realise.

  • It’s already competitive in the microcontroller arena
  • more capable processor designs are being worked on
  • There’re hints of GPUs, and
  • RISC-V is competing in the emerging markets - going head-to-head with Arm.

The RISC-V Foundation increased by 133% last year, and with that came funding and greater visibility. The momentum seems to be with RISC-V, and ARM is in the doldrums.

The Wizard of Oz

How embarrassing for Arm that they are having to admit how weak they really are to all and sundry…


I’m obviously delighted to read an advert promoting Linux over Windows and MacOS from Computerworld, and agree with their reasoning. But I’m also a bit flabbergasted, to be honest!

I wish they had also mentioned all the data mining that we know goes on with Windows, and that we assume goes on with Apple’s OSs too. How those OSs can be considered secure; I don’t know.

I really hope companies, governments and individuals will at least consider deploying a Linux distribution over the next couple of years, rather than retiring their hardware, and signing up to Windows11.

This is a really good piece. Thank you for sharing it.

The PineNote seems to be coming on apace! Still a way off from being consumer-ready though…


The Turmeric and coconut baked cauliflower here is also excellent.


Hmmm - and here was I busily trying to resist saying1 that: to many in the Christian faith, Jesus is the eponymous socialist.

1 Never argue about politics or religion, and certainly not both!

Surely no one really wants to live in these conditions…? The cost to personal health and the increased financial burden on hospitals (and other infrastructure actually)

How can a better environment be brought about to the satisfaction of everyone?

Is it realistic to ban cars altogether? Electrify the bus service, and demand that all service vehicles be non-polluting?

How about heating? What percentage of the emissions come from heating homes and workplaces?

Did the work-from-home pandemic necessity reduce the pollution levels significantly, do we know?

That’s a truly astonishing graphic!


an onion

2 cloves of garlic

a red pepper

a pinch of salt

a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

a veggie stock cube

10g of 70% dark chocolate

½ a teaspoon of cumin

½ a teaspoon of smoked paprika

½ a teaspoon of chilli powder

a 400g tin of mixed pulses

Heat a little oil in a pan, chop the onion finely and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until it begins to soften. Meanwhile chop the garlic finely and slice the pepper. Add the garlic, red pepper and salt, and sauté for another 3-4 minutes until the pepper is tender.

Add the tomatoes, the stock cube, and the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to melt. Add the cumin paprika and chilli powder, and cook gently for another minute.

Drain and rinse the pulses. Add to the pan, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve with rice, tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa. Or in tortilla wraps, with guacamole and salsa.

Will this make companies and individuals consider a Linux alternative? Or will they just continue to run Windows10?

This planned obsolescence practice is quite simply obscene.

Being awarded to David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy, Stephen B. Furber, and Sophie M. Wilson “for contributions to the invention, development, and implementation of reduced instruction set computer (RISC) chips…


More than 50 Nobel laureates have signed an open letter calling for all countries to cut their military spending by 2% a year for the next five years, and put half the saved money in a UN fund to combat pandemics, the climate crisis, and extreme poverty. …


I agree with the conclusion: “if we want to have a habitable planet in the near future… we’re going to have to hold billionaires accountable for their excessive emissions in a real way.”…


Bangladesh, Samoa and Vanuatu advocated criminalizing environmental destruction during the annual meeting of the International Criminal Court in the Hague…


The UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change says “Avoid, Shift, Improve” - and they’re right…


I hope this ruling gives the UK government enough reason to change course, and that we will no longer have to live life under constant scrutiny. (I’m not holding my breath though) …


I maintain that we all have a right to privacy, as inconvenient as that might be for our governors. So… another good move from the incoming administration in Germany…


About 290GW of new renewable energy generation capacity, mostly in the form of wind turbines and solar panels, has been installed around the world this year, beating the previous record last year. On current trends, renewable energy generating capacity will exceed that of fossil fuels and nuclear en…


we are asking the antitrust authorities in Europe to enforce a level playing field, giving customers a free choice and to give competition a fair chance. …


I guess this is RPi signalling that they want to become a bigger computer company - perhaps they’re taking the Apple / Nvidia lead of “ARM is the future of consumer electronics”, and saying that they’re already a strong player in the field. …


The United Nations embraces open source tech to reach Sustainable Development Goals…


A key part of Amdaris’ pledge to become carbon neutral, and an act of corporate social responsibility. …


Incentivisation! What does Lemmy think about this as an idea?..