A proposal and a challenge

Joe Nosay superbisquit at gmail.com
Wed Dec 2 17:39:02 UTC 2015


I know that everyone is familiar with the one laptop per child program;
and, that is good. Let's take it one step further. The debian team wants to
build a powerpc laptop. FreeBSD is working on the POWER8 with the PPC team.
The problem is convincing IBM to publicly open the CPU for a good purpose.
What's the sale's pitch? Let it be for education.
Four operating systems on a single machine - the apm layout is capable of
doing it with a boot, main, and swap. That's only twelve spaces used.
Yes, it can be concentrated down to 64 GB.
What can be done with it?
It's a POWER machine, load-store, learn.
64 bit. How many free registers usually? About five? Yes?
Enough for one application. Two would do for the application and system.
Let's make it real. Two chips. Four processors each.
Running about 2.0 to 2.25 GHz.
Let the kernel match that. Debian at 1Khz - unless someone can do a patch
to make the kernel go  the necessary mile.
Open and Net BSD have their own thing; so, this is for FreeBSD for the
kernel rate. Latency should match frequency.

GRUB should be able to handle four options on a screen.


Oh, Open graphics and sound.
Accessibility. Development. Creativity.
Show it.

Let them know what it can do.

Sound. Music.

Art. Design.

Programming.

Let them see it from the start to finish.


Make it affordable.

For students, children, people to learn.

All of you can do this.

Why not me?

I am not able to afford it.

Yet, the rest of you are able to do such.

It will pay for itself and you know it.


Don't reply, just think on it.

You know my requirements: Don't pay me, just do it.


And respect.



Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for taking the time to read this.
Enjoy life.


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