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[OS:N:] Why Free SW should remain as light as possible

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Hello,

One of the reasons usually mentioned to not care about sw efficiency
(here and, sadly, on practically all Linux lists) is the "Moore's Law
treadmill": HW would keep getting faster and cheaper so quickly that
bothering about efficiency makes much less sense than just buying a
new PC every other year.

In general, this is a bogus thesis just doesn't make sense in the real
world: a world mostly made of people who still have to work months,
when they can, to buy any new Pc, and of people who may have the
money, but rightly prefer to spend it in a thousand more meaningful
ways.

There is another reason, and now nobody less than the United Nation
University confirms it, recommending to refuse the Moore's law and
consumism: on the contrary, the useful lifespan of PCs should be
extended as much as possible. Obviously this can happen only if Free
SW like Linux distributions are made/kept as modular and light on HW
resources as possible (ie quite lighter than today):

"Short-Lived PCs Have Hidden Costs"

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,62562,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_6

Ciao,
	Marco Fioretti

PS: at this point I'm also forced to point out that the non profit,
volunteer project in my signature was started two years ago just to
provide Free Software that would make following today's UNU advice
easier. Any support is welcome: right now, what we need more is ONE
TIME help by PHP/MySQL experts to rebuild the website. Please spread
the word!

-- 
Marco Fioretti                 m.fioretti, at the server inwind.it
Red Hat for low memory         http://www.rule-project.org/en/

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Red Hat for low memory         http://www.rule-project.org/en/

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