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Monday, July 28, 2008

The Plat’Home “Will Linux Work?’ Contest Rules

Here are the rules for our "Will Linux Work?" contest. Please let us know if you have any questions though!

1. The “Will Linux Work?” contest is open to anyone besides employees of Plat’Home.

2. The prize (five Plat’Home OpenMicroServers) is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.

3. The winner will be chosen by Plat’Home based on the most creative and plausible submission. The selection is completely subjective.

4. All decisions by the contest judges are final – no substitutions will be available.

5. Once chosen, the winner must test the Plat’Home OpenMicroServers in the submitted tough condition and report results to Plat’Home within one month (30 days).

6. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation or follow up, of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice/photograph for promotion and/or public relation purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation blogs, social networks, newspapers, print and online publications, radio, slides, videotapes, over the internet) which Plat’Home may deem appropriate.

7. In accepting the prize, the winner, and any participant, acknowledges that Plat'Home may not be held liable for any loss, damage or injury associated with accepting the Plat’Home OpenMicroServers and/or its testing.

8. This contest is subject to all United States federal, state, and municipal laws.

9. Plat’Home reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

10. Multiple entries per person are allowed.

11. According to the rules of this contest, the software and appliances from Plat’Home that are awarded to the winner cannot be used in violation of all applicable copyright laws. Further, copyrights belong to the copyright owner. In the case of any copyright violations, neither Plat’Home nor Page One PR shall be held accountable.


tz said...

I have a motorcycle that I've been running various things to link to the internet (Nokia N810 + Cradlepoint PHS + gps and obd) and log data from the engine and GPS. Vibration, thermal shock, humidity...

the professional amateur said...

Two words: Salt Water.

I live aboard a trimaran in New Zealand. I need a small, low power device which can record positional data from GPS and various electronic components including control of solar panels and battery charge states, wind instruments, windvane, monitor the engine, fuel reserves and rate of consumption. The device must be able to process all of this input data as well as control outputs like the autohelm, autotrimmer, and rate of battery discharge. Of course don't forget it needs to act as a file server for media and documents when in port! Most importantly, it needs to do this in one of the most corrosive environments on Earth: the ocean. Besides facing constant motion and vibration as well as sweeping variety of temperature conditions (from a running engine room running on hot summery days to winter sailing by night), there runs risk of electrolysis from lack of proper grounding and despite no direct exposure to salt water itself, it is inevitably present in the air. I know that Linux "Will Work" but the question is will the OpenMicroServer?

Eddie said...

I would love to try experimenting with making one (or more) of these things a "swap box" for a PS3 running linux. One of the main problems with the PS3 is that it only has 256 MB of RAM.

Hard drives takes on the order of a 10ms to seek. However pinging something on an ethernet network takes 1ms or less.

Therefore there is a possibility of getting a significant performance improvement with applications with large data sets.

Unfortunately since anything that touches the hardware has to go through the PS3 Hypervisor, there is a good chance that the overhead will make the whole effort moot.

I'd like to try out two things:
1) Have the MicroServer export a RAM disk as a NFS share
2) Export the Compact Flash drive as an NFS share, and try to modify the kernel so that it uses as much RAM as possible for a cache, only writing the least recently used data to the disk when it's out of RAM.