[Wikimedia-l] Dells are backdored

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Sun Dec 29 22:53:05 UTC 2013

On 29/12/2013 22:41, Philippe Beaudette wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM, Emilio J. Rodríguez-Posada <
> emijrp at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Naw, it's a great idea.  Let's switch to building our own ARM-based
>>> servers (by the way, which have already been a flop commercially),
>>> using only unproven, low-volume available motherboards and having to
>>> buy and assemble all of the rest of the components.  And then of
>>> course, we need to design our own cases... and since these have such a
>>> low performance, we'll need to have a lot more rack and datacenter
>>> space, of course which comes with a cost... and we'll have to figure
>>> out how to run our caching layers which require large amounts of
>>> memory... and our storage layers which require large amounts of disk
>>> space.....  At that point we'll probably need to redesign those boards
>>> which are incapable of doing these things, so we'll need a team of
>>> hardware engineers, plus a deal with a manufacturing plant.
>>> So... I think with about a 100 million dollar per year research budget
>>> we can do this.  Who's ponying up? ;)
>> Funny huh?
>> If we use free software, I don't see why we can't move to open-source
>> hardware ASAP.
> Well, I think Leslie just listed a few, but I'll recap:
> - low-availability
> - Requires in house assembly
> - Requires in house design capacity
> - Substantially more rack and datacenter space required
> - Insufficient for caching and storage layers
> - Cost of manufacturing.

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