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Evidently tired of smooth running graphics, lightning fast processing and bags and bags of available memory, programmer Dmitry Grinberg decided to go back to computing basics. And then some. As Linux was developed on a 32-bit machine with 1MB of RAM, this has always been considered the minimum system requirements to run the open source OS. Dmitry, however, put this theory to test, building a barebones set-up with just an 8-bit RISC microcontroller at its heart. Running at a somewhat sedentary 6.5KHz, with only 16KB of SRAM and 128KB of flash storage, these are specs that make most phones look like supercomputers. To get things working, Dmitry had to write an ARM emulator so that the system appeared as having a 32-bit processor with an MMU, and it looks like a 30-pin 16MB SIMM was added, plus as SD card to house the Ubuntu image. Despite all this, he was able to load Ubuntu successfully. Sure, it took four hours, and that’s after two hours waiting for the bash command prompt, but hey. Grinberg claims that the system is still useable, with the command line typically responding “within a minute.” So Dmitri, if you’re reading this on the machine, happy new year! Check the time-lapse video after the break to see it in full, patience testing, action.
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This week Inhabitat showcased some of the world’s most stunning sun-powered homes as the European Solar Decathlon kicked off Friday in Madrid, Spain. We can’t wait to see the winner of this year’s competition, which challenged 17 teams from around the world to build the most efficient solar-powered house. Will it be the University of Nottingham’s hyper-efficient H.O.U.S.E, Florida’s Re:Focus prefab, or one of the other amazing contenders?
Speaking of solar power, the field of clean tech had a hot week as Sony unveiled the world’s most efficient solar module. We also saw solar power energize Africa’s largest slum as a photovoltaic television set allowed residents of Kibera, Nairobe to watch the World Cup. Several massive new geothermal projects rounded out our renewable energy news this week as the US Department of Energy unveiled plans to make Nevada the “Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy”.
In other news, two-wheeled transportation took the world by storm as Italy unveiled its first electric motorcycle and Switzerland showcased its Zerotracer Superbike, which is set to circle the globe in 80 days using only renewable energy. And if a peddle-powered ride is more your pace, then you won’t want to miss the world’s slowest Porsche.
If all that exciting transportation news has you overheating, then relax and cool off — here’s a futuristic refrigerator that keeps things cool with bio gel and an underarm clothing patch that eliminates body odor through nanotechnology. And finally, if you’re ready to relax and slip into some summer reading, we’re giving away an iPad complete with a bamboo DODOcase — hit the link to enter!
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