Recent Comments on Ideahttp://www.ideastorm.com/services/xml/_idea_details?name=087700000008hqQAAQ&community=09a3000000007Tl&ideaTitleLink=%2FideaView2014-07-29T14:45:51.117Z commented on Large RAM, Multiple Cores, NVIDIA GPUs, Basic Make Toolchainhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a7000000HhLN6AANNVidia is a no-go for me! I want the "normal" Intel (those work best for me) - and I am not a gamer. commented on Large RAM, Multiple Cores, NVIDIA GPUs, Basic Make Toolchainhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a7000000GTe9tAADDeckerEgo - Of course the cores will be utilized (as the OS itself spawns countless threads), the issue is that the power itself isn't necessary. And either way, any development webserver you are running doesn't need to handle countless requests at once, but just a single request, so if it has trouble handling that single request on a mediocre machine I really am worrying what that same software will do when it get's 10000's of requests on a good server. commented on Large RAM, Multiple Cores, NVIDIA GPUs, Basic Make Toolchainhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a7000000GTZzaAAHopen source drivers are NOT the way to go. Regardless of any system or vendor, but most especially ati, or nVidia especially, the community drivers are terrible and nouveau is the WORST offender of them all. No thanks, first thing on any new install add XSWAT PPA, install OEM drivers. commented on Large RAM, Multiple Cores, NVIDIA GPUs, Basic Make Toolchainhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a7000000GTUxyAAH<span><span><span><a href="" target="_blank">AlfromRoke</a> - 4 cores for web development is very useful, especially when you consider the importance of simultaneous operations. For example, let's say you have a webapp that has a service engine, an RDBMS, the front-end tier and perhaps Apache to serve static content. That's four separate tasks, each spawning their own threads, before even getting into the IDE, compilation threads and monitor threads. Plus if you ever do analysis using some sort of fork/join operation (i.e. R's ddply) then the multiple threads pay major dividends. It's not a clock frequency thing but more of a non-blocking operations thing, so four underclocked cores on a mobile i7 would be fine.</span></span></span><br><br>We actually have several developers who are doing development on MacBook Airs (with 4 GB of RAM), and while they struggle it works. Given the new power profile of Ivy Bridge and integrated GPU power, and how dirt-cheap RAM is nowadays, I think ultrabook configurations of this type aren't too far off at all. commented on Large RAM, Multiple Cores, NVIDIA GPUs, Basic Make Toolchainhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a7000000GTUmNAAX<span><span><span><a href="" target="_blank">leif81</a> - you are right, the FOSS is much better. We've just noticed some rendering artifacts when using direct framebuffers or issues with compositing effects (wobbly windows, transparency, etc). It is definitely true that the FOSS driver is better. That's even becoming true with NVIDIA hardware and the noveau driver as well.</span></span></span> commented on Large RAM, Multiple Cores, NVIDIA GPUs, Basic Make Toolchainhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a7000000GTTHRAA5Just use the FOSS radeon driver. It's worked for me out of the box on every card I've thrown at it and it does multi monitor flawlessly. I haven't had a multi-monitor problem with the FOSS driver in years. I don't touch the proprietary ATI driver with a ten foot pole and why should I. The bundled FOSS driver works great for regular desktop/development stuff. commented on Large RAM, Multiple Cores, NVIDIA GPUs, Basic Make Toolchainhttps://www.salesforce.com/00a7000000GTNZcAAPWhat you are describing is seriously *not* an 'ultrabook' and with that kind of development (I can't even phantom why you would need 4 cores to do web development o.O ) an ultrabook also isn't the right way to go right now yet (except with a dedicated remote desktop system setup possibly).