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  • Is a hardware vender -- they don't care what OS you run on the thing and happily releases technical information (at one point, Sun was interesting because it was selling Unix cheaply for the day)

    Has no conflicts of interest against its customers -- they've entered into no deals where they've promised to restrict what their customers can do, be it listen to music or attempt to use an ISP other than one of the three for which icons are on the desktop

    Supports the hardware and operating system for any us

  • Good, relevant historical review.


    Isn't graphics technology now being adequately driving by the gamers? If the Unix workstation market migrates completely to commodity hardware with generic high-speed bus, doesn't that make commodity adoption of new niche developments easier?
    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
    • Wew, wew, wew! We have a winner! The "completely missed the point" award goes to n1vux. No, you dimwit. I was drawing a contrast between "brand new things" and "just speeding up what already exists". Graphics card makers, driven by gamers, aren't trying anything new. The basic architecture for 3D acceleration was laid down by SGI in the mid 1990's. Adding fans doesn't count as innovation. My question was, who is making entirely new computer achitecture that might someday go mainstream after being an expensi
      • Who's calling whom names, youngster?

        Why do you assume innovation is only possibly on novel engineering workstations? Because that's all you've ever seen and you haven't read history of this and other industries? Or just stupid?

        Do you assume that progress can only come from cycling back around the "it's a new architecutre" merry-go-round? CISCRISC and "Let's create another layer of Cache" recapitulate the phylogeny as much as break new ground, but the new engineers are quite impressed with their inventiven
        # I had a sig when sigs were cool
        use Sig;
  • Systems Software Research is Irrelevant [], according to Rob Pike, due to Unix. Similar perspective in a different area.

    Guess the future is bland.

    Also, strange how most everyone else seems to have more luck with their commenters.