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je_oclug at kronos.honk.org
Thu Jun 26 14:43:02 EDT 2003
On Thu, 26 Jun 2003, Brad Barnett wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Jun 2003 11:25:31 -0400 (EDT)
> Jon Earle <je_oclug at kronos.honk.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, 26 Jun 2003, Brad Barnett wrote:
> > > Whilst I do agree that the mass of capital and manpower IBM and others
> > > have donated is helpful, they also have a downside as well. As
> > > discussed before on this list, obviously such organisations have a
> > > reason they make such investments.
> > >
> > > However, when companies like Intel make code donations to the kernel
> > > or other aspects of Linux, they do so without the same goals that IBM
> > > may have.
> > Of course. Because Intel wouldn't want Linux to run well on it's family
> > of processors and possibly encourage further adoption of Intel
> > technology at the expense of non-Intel brands.
> I believe you have a typo above. ;)
Aargh. I hate it when I do that.
> Anyhow, yes, the mentally typo corrected revision above is indeed why
> Intel and AMD both make contributions to the kernel, and their goals are
> different from IBMs obviously.
> IBM wants the entire support market, while Intel does not.
If you asked the board of Intel, off the record, on the QT and strictly
hush-hush, I'm sure you'd find that Intel would love to get their fat,
greedy hands on the entire processor market while squashing AMD (and
others) in their boot tracks.
They're a corporation, answerable to their shareholders who only want
higher stock value. That they might give us a bone here and there doesn't
make their motivations more "pure" than IBM's.
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