Software and the environment
Posted Feb 5, 2009 5:59 UTC (Thu) by eru
In reply to: Aleutia E2: low power to the people
Parent article: Aleutia E2: low power to the people
The best way to do "green computing" isn't to buy a *new* computer, but to continue to use old ones that would otherwise be disposed of, where the manufacture costs are already sunk.
Maybe. But the software developers (both closed and open source) make this unworkable. Every distro release brings more bloat, and the bloat seems to be growing faster than features, so you really cannot stick to older computers for more than about 8 years (in my experience), unless you stop entirely upgrading your software. But in today's networked world, than mean you don't get security fixes (who updates Red Hat 5 these days...), and you also don't see web pages and documents in newer formats (just for fun, tried Netscape 4 a few days ago on a Windows box. Crashed on the first modern web page it saw...).
I think the real way to green computing is for software developers to learn how to do more with less. This way both new low-power boxes like the Aleutia E2, and old computers become useful, and stay that way until the hardware breaks.
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