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Linus Torvalds Loathes Hard Drives; Compares It To Evil Master 'Satan'
 
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Linus Torvalds Loathes Hard Drives; Compares It To Evil Master 'Satan'  
 
Torvalds wrote, "Rotating storage is going the way of the dodo."   
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Monday, October 15, 2012 When Linux creator, Linus Torvalds says something, Linux enthusiasts sit up and listen! The same happened at a recent Q&A session that the man attended. The last time a discussion of this sort happened, Torvalds ended up showing his middle finger in response to an NVIDIA query, which was then splashed all across media. This time, the scathing remarks were not much different. Of many points discussed (some startling remarks) at the session, what stood out most apparently was the man’s hatred for hard drives. Torvalds hates hard drives so much that he compared the data storage device to Satan, the master of evil.

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Torvalds wrote, “Rotating storage is going the way of the dodo. How do I hate thee, let me count the ways. The latencies of rotational storage are horrendous, and I personally refuse to use a machine that has those nasty platters of spinning rust in them. Sure, maybe those rotating platters are OK in some network-attached storage box that you keep your big media files on or in that cloud storage cluster you use, and where the network latencies make the disk latencies be secondary, but in an actual computer? Ugh. Get thee behind me, Satan.”

Torvalds also mentioned that he is not alone in his views. A WIRED news carried his statement: "Hardcore software developers have long preferred flash solid state drives, or SSDs, on the machines where they’re building stuff, and in recent months, these drives have even spilled into the mainstream, by way of laptops from the likes of Apple and Google. Flash has even made significant headway inside the data center. All the leading web companies -- including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon -- now use flash technology to drive portions of the enormous computing facilities that underpin their online empires."

Kalpana Sharma, EFYTIMES News Network


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