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  • The Talos Secure Workstation Is A High-Performance Libre System

    Phoronix: The Talos Secure Workstation Is A High-Performance Libre System

    Raptor Engineering is working on the Talos Secure Workstation, which is being advertised as a high-performance, open-to-the-firmware system that is much better than the commonly antiquated "freed" x86 systems. However, getting a high-performance, free software friendly workstation doesn't come cheap...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...re-Workstation

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    Great choice that POWER8 arch. By the way real people use x86-64 so when this fails they can reconsider cpu choice. Also im pretty sure those 3 people who actually care to buy the product will be pretty happy too.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bitman View Post
      By the way real people use x86-64
      real windows and other proprietary shit users

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bitman View Post
        Great choice that POWER8 arch. By the way real people use x86-64 so when this fails they can reconsider cpu choice. Also im pretty sure those 3 people who actually care to buy the product will be pretty happy too.
        Well, if they want a FULLY open system I believe that their only options are POWER or SPARC, and I don't believe there are any SPARC CPUs that are appropriate for workstation use (from a heat/price/power consumption point of view).

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        • #5
          Originally posted by thunderbird32 View Post

          Well, if they want a FULLY open system I believe that their only options are POWER or SPARC, and I don't believe there are any SPARC CPUs that are appropriate for workstation use (from a heat/price/power consumption point of view).
          Sparc isn't really an option without some more enginnering as well... the only open source 64bit Sparc design is the slow Niagra T1/T2 core which isn't even superscalar... its just a basic RISC core. They'd be great companion cores in a BIG.little sparc workstation though...

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          • #6
            I like the idea, but I have no plans to replace any of my PCs in the near future and even if I did $3,100 is too much.

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            • #7
              That's pretty nice - I loved my old PPC G4 and G5, and the increasingly locked-down nature of Intel and AMD hardware is worrying.

              Shame about the price though - I'm sure it's the best they could do, given the niche nature of the product, but that doesn't make it any more affordable.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bitman View Post
                Great choice that POWER8 arch. By the way real people use x86-64 so when this fails they can reconsider cpu choice. Also im pretty sure those 3 people who actually care to buy the product will be pretty happy too.
                There aren't any modern x86-64 designs that are safe to use anymore. In the name of "security" both Intel and AMD CPUs include little sub-processors that run their own secret programs.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bitman View Post
                  Great choice that POWER8 arch. By the way real people use x86-64 so when this fails they can reconsider cpu choice. Also im pretty sure those 3 people who actually care to buy the product will be pretty happy too.
                  Yeah arm looked hip&trendy a while ago but getting things working properly is a real pain and sometimes not possible within the lifetime of the product. Let's not talk about replacing hardware... Never again.
                  How is it with power8?

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                  • #10
                    I'm gonna go ahead and call BS on the secure part. Unless they provide a way to verify the code running on the board is the same code available for download, it's no more secure than it's cheaper (and far more capable) x86-based counterparts.

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