Originally Posted by HRHunteRHR
Dude by 2007 they probobly won't even be needing to stuff a bunch processors in one machine. They will get loud from multiple fans cooling they system, they will take ALOT of RAM and other system resources, they will need like an 800watt power supply, the motherboards will have to have super abilities, and you will HAVE to have SLI. Knowing the computer industry, they will overcome this buy making one POWERFUL processor that has a nice steady core. Besides, people will be moving on to Linux for their multi-processing and server needs, Windows Vista is a last stand for Windows I'm affraid. People will want better software for their super machines when they realize Windows can't use their hardware efficiently for their new games and software, they'll get an easy linux distro like SuSE for their comps.
Do you not think they have any of this in mind when they design and build such a thing? I remember reading such posts when they unvieled the plans of the Coppermine P3.
A quad core CPU will, by 2007, be manufactured on a much smaller fabrication process, such as 45 or 35nm. How does the number of cores affect the ammount of RAM being used by a modern system? by 2007, 2 to 4 GBs will be standard. Cooling, well, better power management and design methods will preveil - why? because it needs to for it to work, and they will get it to work. Take the Athlon 64 x2 for example, cooler than the fastest Polinomial cores of the oldest Athlon XPs yet plenty faster - because of smaller fabrication and bigger heatsinks amongst other things.
SLI will be a feature of the motherboard, but not necessary. Especially on server setups.
As for Linux taking over for Windows, only in some basic server setups - for home user, don't kid yourself. Windows Vista is obviously going to support quad core CPU's. Thats like saying Windows XP can't support dual cores or Hyperthreading. Vista isn't a slight brush up that WinME is over Win98, nor WinXP is over Win2k, but a complete overhall through and through. MS has the co-orporate backing that makes standards, integrates common frameworks and is responsible for the simplicity the PC is today (for Companies as well as Home users) and will be for the foreseeable future. How is such a widely modded and loosely coded OS like Linux going to compete in that area (How many Distros use the same Installation method? Configuring method? GUI? Even Drivers and RPMs for software etc and on top of that, how many manufactures simply want to brush of the existance of linux, turn round and want to walk away?). Linux is a extreamly flexible and moddable OS that is mostly suitable for scientific purposes and specialised systems, and athlough it has crossed leaps and bounds in the last 5 years for ease of use it is still a good 5 to 10 years of from replacing Windows. Installing software that is garanteed to work 1st time regardless of the Distro is still a no no.
When new hardware is released, such as new chipsets, CPU's, GPU's etc the primary target OS for the driver and software developement is Windows, never linux. 5 times out of 10 the drivers for Linux are released by the the linux comunity, if not, a lot later by the hardware developer and in almost all circumstances without all the features and performance benefits. Look at cross-compatible game benchmarks as proof. So to say " when they realize Windows can't use their hardware efficiently for their new games and software, they'll get an easy linux distro like SuSE for their comps" is quite untrue and as far as linux and Windows (From NT4.1) has went for the last 10 years, quite the opposite is true - espcially for the home user
Sorry mate, but get real and smell the coffee. I really don't mean to be such a critic but my 1st impression from your post is that your a MS hater and/or a blind Linux fan boy. They both have their advantages and disadvantages but to say Linux has clear cut better hardware support than Vista is a very arrogant prusumption - especially in the long run. I have used both for a multitude of purposes, and I would never say that one is better than the other for all uses.