Iyonix, Drobe and SlashdotBy Chris Williams. Published: 8th Dec 2002, 16:26:28 | Permalink | Printable
More Iyonix news. Avert eyes now if you're tired of it. Give us a 'hell yeah' if you read Slashdot.Just in case you were desperate for more, we've got another round up of recent Iyonix news.
And The Winner Is
John Myers of Cleveland is the lucky winner of the Iyonix in Castle's competition. In usenet, he states "I never win anything. In fact, the best I have done is win a tenner on the lottery...". He also graciously states "If anybody who lives nearby wants to see the machine when it arrives, drop me an email and I'll see if it can't be arranged."
John also tells us he's been a regular Drobe reader since its inception, and he would like to thank Jack Lillingstn and Castle. We hope John enjoys his new machine when it arrives.
Don't worry, we've got plenty of bandwidth, although it's going to skew this month's stats. Anyway, the Iyonix has appeared on the geek news site Slashdot which you can read in this article submitted by Ian Chamberlain.
You know it
Of course, we think this is great coverage for RISC OS in general, given the huge audience that Slashdot has. Having said that, we knew that the result of its appearance on this website was probably a foregone conclusion, with the usual crazy comments and predictable trolling, despite valiant efforts from RISC OS users such as Simon Wilson and others. Certainly the responses are a great read, but don't take them too seriously. I've taken a few liberties with some of the comments made, and have the results of "Iyonix according to slashdot" below:
- Iyonix has PCI-X
- Iyonix was designed to be a server
- The motherboard should be available for $500
- The primary purpose of the machine is for PDA manufacturers using XScale
- Use of an XScale only reduces the overall power consumption by a 1/4 compared to a PC (despite the lack of heatsinks on the motherboard)
- Iyonix has hardware floating point
You get the idea. Enjoy.
OSNews, the large news portal for general operating system news and issues, has linked to drobe.co.uk (again) in their brief coverage of RISC OS 5 and the Iyonix. The OSNews quotes the Iyonix as being "extremely important" to RISC OS users.
As if that weren't enough, Iyonix has also been mentioned in amiga.org's Alternative Operating Systems forum in this thread. Not too much to see here, although our impression seems to be they're a little bitter. Not that RISC OS users haven't had their share of bitterness of course. And no, Intel haven't bought ARM.
Peter, we-know-what-we're-doing department, drobe.co.uk
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