[(borderline) OT]: memtest question

Quartz quartz at sneakertech.com
Mon Aug 31 15:42:14 UTC 2015

> I had never heard of passmark memtest until you mentioned it, but it
> appears to be the current version of memtest86, unless I am mistaken?


Way back when, there was only one version, "memtest86", which was an 
open source freeware thing. Like a lot of smaller open source projects, 
it languished for a few years with no updates. Enough people thought it 
was useful that it got forked into "memtest86+" which continued for a 
few years and became the defacto version. After some time, the original 
not-plus version got sold off to a company called PassMark who continued 
work on it (although it was clear from the get-go that they were using 
it as a money mill, since for the longest time they offered no freeware 
version for download).

While PassMark has continued development on their version (memtest86) 
more or less continuously, memtest86+ is basically dead at this point. 
Although if you see my other email, if you're not lucky enough to have a 
machine that can boot their stupid UEFI version, you're effectively in 
2014 forever... in which case neither version really counts as 'current'.

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