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Of course not!
Authored by: tiger99 on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 10:11 AM EDT
It would not replace my quad core AMD with ATI graphics, 8GB RAM, and a SSD for
the root drive either, nor its predecessor, a mere dual core, but would roughly
equal the one before that. But it would still be an upgrade for the majority of
PC users, who don't run the latest hardware, or need to. Few need high
performance. except gamers, and even there the gains are often illusory (frame
rate 10 times the monitor refresh rate...). I do circuit simulation, and it is
nice for it to happen quickly, but when I am not doing that, any old machine
would do to run LibreOffice, Firefox, etc.

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  • Of course not! - Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    • Of course not! - Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 03:35 PM EDT
      • Of course not! - Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 04:28 PM EDT
Right....
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 07:40 PM EDT
so you would recommend that as the next upgrade from my current 3 GHz quad intel, 4GB RAM, nvidia graphics card equiped desktop machine would you ?
You might need that level of equipment to run Windows 7 or Windows 8, but you don't need it to run an equally responsive quality desktop software collection such as KDE SC 4.8. The ODROID-X ARM-based Quad-core Micro-PC is as capable as any x86-based "netbook" class machine out there, and it is perfectly adequate for use cases such as education or mundane clerical office use (wordprocessing, spreadsheet, presentations, database, e-mail, web, even skyping).

In the scenario where a school has a classroom full of aging x86 desktops with perfectly working LCD monitors but on which the software is getting increasingly corrupted, mis-configured, unable to document license compliance, perhaps compromised with malware and getting impossible to maintain, the ODROID-X ARM-based Quad-core Micro-PC could be a very attractive solution for replacing the base machines (keeping the existing monitors). Benefits are: dead-easy maintenance and update (run your own repository on the school's LAN), no worries about license compliance, low per-seat cost (for $129 per seat you can afford to have a number of spares sitting in a cupboard), absolutely no malware exists to attack this platform, excellent and extensive quality software is freely available, and you can have it all (hardware and software) for perhaps a tenth of the cost per seat of a Windows 8 solution.

Just as an example of the desktop software, KDE extra's Cantor can now interface to a GNU Octave back-end. This makes for a free MATLAB clone, which would be excellent in an education context. The price for a MATLAB for Windows license alone would cost more than the entire ODROID-X ARM-based Quad-core Micro-PC.

Make no mistake about it, the ODROID-X ARM-based Quad-core Micro-PC would make a very, very attractive desktop solution in some contexts. All of the functionality and performance required, none of the hassle, one tenth (or less) of the comparative cost. No doubt whatsoever.

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