Will 2009 Be the Turning Point For SSDs?
As someone that has used several brands of SSDs in our embedded equipment which must meet extremely high levels of shock and temperature requirements I have had quite a bit of experience with this "bleeding edge" line of hardware.
Currently I have not seen a single SSD (True SSD, not CF cards that some people CLAIM are SSDs in their equipment) that have been reliable in the long term at all. CF card based boot drives are MUCH more reliable.
The worst of the drives (though those with the highest specs and claims) will reinitilize themselves or lose partitions one out of every 30-50 power cycles. Better ones will do it once out of every 100-500 cycles. Data loss is rampent. Conventional notebook drives in the exact same scenarios go thousands of restarts with no problem. (All failures are the result of a power cycle)
It'll be at least another 3 to 5 years before this tech has matured enough to be reliable for anything important.
Studies Say Ideology Trumps Facts
Anyone that reads /. with any regularity knows /exactly/ how that works... Or rather.. they SHOULD. :)