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Old 2nd January 2011
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Default What is your preference when it come to architecture?

Recently, I've been able to afford used machines from Craig's list and ebay for a fraction of the original cost. I have also been using- In the following order for amount of exposure- Free, Open, and Net BSDS for five to six years.
Okay, I'm dragging it on, apologies.
Here goes, recent experience has shown me that RISC architectures perform better then the standard i386/amd64. OS support seems to be the only downfall I see, with such being due to my not looking hard enough- or knowing where to look- for a solution.
No, I am not a programmer, or com,puter science student. I have no degree in electronics and hold no such certification of that sort or any other. Come to think of it, I'm probably one of the worst examples to follow in the BSD- and Linux- communities. However, I can judge performance based on workload, OS, applications, and compiling along with response.
Alright, I've made a pompous arse of myself; I'll go hide now.
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The line between CISC/RISC is quite obscured these days, nobody really uses those terms, but for at least AMD64 and probably modern x86's it's a mixture of CISC and RISC.

Performance is also hard to justify, very few non-x86 architectures are even made anymore.. at least in the desktop/workstation setting, and the ones that do lack the features of commodity hardware.

Still, if I had to buy anything it would be ARM or MIPS based, the future of ARM-based workstations is becoming more likely with the recent designs put out by the company, and they support things like multicore, out-of-order execution, higher clock rates, fabrication sizes.

Sadly a newer "MIPS" or "ARM" platform wouldn't be immediately supported by OpenBSD, as there generally the basis of other commercial products.. containing a wide variety of other hardware.

I'm not sure if I'd buy a recent SPARC now that it's owned by Oracle, but as you said, something from a auction site might be worth looking into.. quite a lot of them use SCSI drives though, only UltraSPARC/sparc64 have PCI/PCIe buses, which is needed if you want to add a PCI IDE/SATA controller.

I hope that more exotic hardware becomes popular, I can see both ARM and MIPS ending up in ATX form factor with PC-compatible peripheral support eventually, AFAIK the Chinese Loongson chips had developments boards in that form factor.
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I've only had access to X86 derived systems; conceptually I'd like to try a traditional RISC.
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Anything different than x86, but then, there isn't much left anymore. Nowadays ARM looks promising.
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