Almost $3000 for a 64 bit ARM development board, are you f*cking kidding me? I can built an x86 systems with > 2 times the performance easily and get away with $1000 left. Someone really really tries to turn this whole ARM in the data center thing into an Itanium scale failure. Especially since that whole porting software business was all done by the Open Source community and isn't exactly rocket science once the GCC and LLVM teams had built working compilers.
That said this whole trying their best to fail thing seems to be a common theme in the computer hardware business. Whether it's ARMs ridiculous naming scheme where Cortex-A7 is the successor of Cortex-A8, their simply unusable Mali drivers combined with a refusal to built Open Source drivers even though 99% of their chips run Open Source OSs or the unholy mess that is EFI. And don't even get me started on the model policy of laptop manufacturing or how every Android phone vendor tries to f*ck up the UX even more than the others instead of using the gorgeous mainline Android.
Seriously I'm not a fan of Apple but as it stands they are THE ONLY hardware vendor where I get their management decisions, model policy, design philosophy and general business model. Also IBM f*ck your stupid "You can pay a hefty monthly fee and then we let you actually use the hardware sitting in your basement." policy.
So yeah I hate to break it to you hardware vendors but you guys are nuts and need to see a shrink or better just fire that damn management, after all I still love how fast your processors can be once you got a decent OS booted. #AMD #ARM #Opteron #Linux #cloudcomputing