Loongson Hardware Is Still A Tough Find
Phoronix: Loongson Hardware Is Still To Tough Find
While the Loongson MIPS64 CPUs have been available for a while now as a Linux-friendly chip, they are still tough to find in the western countries. New benchmarks reveal that the ARM SoCs are becoming a much more compelling offer for those caring about performance...
OS Support more problematic than performance
I own a Lemote Yeelong Netbook, and I think that software support is a much bigger problem than the not-quite-competitive performance. The days where I compiled the kernel myself are long gone (and I don't want to go back there), to say nothing of compiling X, Gnome, ...
Originally Posted by phoronix
On my Lemote, I have a partial version of Fedora 13 and more complete Debian. Even Debian still has some holes - e.g. there is a OpenJDK, but without JIT compilation, so Java is more-or-less useless. And it uses the o32 abi which doesn't make full use of the processors capabilities. Things may be different if you can use the chinese OS versions, but unless some of the bigger distros decides to support mips as a tier-one target, I consider this a lost cause.
BTW, I also did some simple benchmarks, which you can find here:
Even though my Stream TRIAD result is quite a bit better than the one on openbenchmarking, I think that bad memory performance is one of the major reasons for the bad overall performance.