From: Digital Infra, Inc. <okajima@di...> - 2004-09-22 18:22:20
Today, during Aloni's lecture in Tsukuba Univ, one idea came up. Sorry
Aloni, the lecture was so bored to me, because, I had took same lecture
three times before that. What I had been doing there is, just thinking a
future of coLinux.
One idea -- How about 64bit coLinux on 32bit Windows? It must run. Just
requires some(?) hacking. And a lot of merit.
First, please understand the backgrounds. There comes 64bit Windows, but it
requres 64bit H/W drivers. I mean, it has compatibility of apps for both
64bit and 32bit, but no compatiblity for 32bit H/W drivers. This is very
important fault of MS. One of the biggest merit of Windows comparing to
Linux is, number and quality of H/W drivers. In this category, Windows
exceeds Linux very much. And another problem is, if you want to use 64 bit
mode, you have to upgrade your windows to 64 bit. This is a risky and
Then, if you want to use a power of 64 bit which your machine have
secretly inside, but you dont want to run a risky game ( called upgrading
), what is the answer --- use coLinux64!.
You can do a lot of stuff with coLinux64. There is a list of examples.
- Video editing, Computer graphics. This needs much mem, but also needs
special H/W drivers. Then, if you have special video capture card which
have only 32bit Win driver, but you want to use a mem more than 2G, what
you do? Use coLinux64!.
- Large scale number chrunching. For example, biochemists dont know how
to use Linux for computing. But they need very large scale computing. They
want to both 64bit mem and "look and feel" of Windows. Then, use
coLinux64. Just double-click an icon of (for example) biocalc.elf64 on
their desktop, and it runs.
- Evaluating a sever. If you have only one 64bit PC at hand, and you
needs figures about like how much faster Postgres becomes with 8GB cache
RAM, but you dont want to split a partition for dual booting, Use
coLinux64!. It gives you *rough* figure very easyly.
- Showing off your PC. "Hey, I have 64 bit and running!", without taking
a risk nor hassle. I think that possibly this is the main usage.
And, I think the ultimate merit of coLinux64 is, this is the first
practical reason to use Linux as a client PC. Today situation is, although
there is many opinions that Linux desktop era will come soon, but for me,
I think there is no reason to use Linux dekstop currently. Sorry linux
guys, but I think Windows is currently much better in every aspect of
desktop use. Linux desktop is currently only for geeks.
coLinux64 could be the first practical reason to use Linux on a desktop
Its not actually coLinux memory is hosted on Windows? you are limited to
windows size,.. Yes? No?
more memory will speedup enormeous whatever that actually crunch numbers
and swap disk (vising doom3 maps?)
From: Digital Infra, Inc. <okajima@di...> - 2004-09-24 04:54:26
No problem. You can use ALL mem which your PC have physically.
>Its not actually coLinux memory is hosted on Windows? you are limited to
>windows size,.. Yes? No?
>more memory will speedup enormeous whatever that actually crunch numbers
>and swap disk (vising doom3 maps?)
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