[LinuxBIOS] Advice for buying a new and not-obsolete workstation?

Dave Crossland dave at lab6.com
Fri Nov 10 15:09:44 CET 2006

On 10/11/06, David H. Barr <dhbarr at gozelle.com> wrote:
> On 11/9/06, Dave Crossland <dave at lab6.com> wrote:
> > Ouch. When he says, "The driver remains completely functional in the
> > absense of the binary piece", surely some functionality is missing -
> > what is this? I don't understand enough (yet) to know from that post
> > :-(
> I would guess, since he specifically mentions MacroVision, that it's all
> that "protected media" stuff, AKA DRM. Maybe the part that would let an
> Intel device authenticate itself as a "trusted" pathway?

Okay that makes sense - part of the "High-bandwith Digital Content
Protection" stuff I suppose, based on my limited understanding of it
from http://fuckbluray.com

Not functionality I'm interested in, I suppose, as I'll just rip
BlueRay discs to TheoraOGG to watch them anyway :-)

> Well, you -did- say workstation, which generally signifies (to
> me, at least) dual socket and ECC.

Yes, ECC for sure, and dual socket or dualcore is fine.

> The MSI Workstation board is definitely NOT
> obsolete; I'd go with "not widely available in the UK yet".

Okay, that's really what I wanted to hear! :-)

> What spec are you looking for?  That is to say, what level of machine?

I'm basing my ideas of what I want mainly from


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