>On Tue, 04 Sep 2001 19:49:44 GMT, Linonut dashed off:
>> After takin' a swig o' grog, Jeff belched out this bit o' wisdom:
>>>Chipmakers angle for Linux support
>>>Stephen Shankland, CNET News.com
>>>In a sign of how strategic Linux has become, AMD and Intel
>>>(news/quote) are angling to lure open-source programmers to their
>>>future chip designs.
>>>Linux--with a strong developer community and a flexibility that allows
>>>the Unix clone to run on numerous chips--has become an asset the
>>>chipmakers want on their sides as they prepare future chip designs.
>>>Linux has become a tool to secure quick support for a new chip.
>> Gee, these open-source guys must have their shit together.
>> Why can't Microsoft support more chips??????
>I suspect it is because of an alliance with Intel, that goes back
More likely to be the maintenance of the Applications Barrier to
Entry that they depend on to solidify their monopoly.
Having multiple CPUs to support would require that the developers
obtain hardware to compile and test on. Every additional broadening
of the hardware weakens the MS control and allows more developers to
slip through the cracks to do things that might not support the
monopoly and put money into their pocket without a percentage going
MS must narrow the choices to limit the number of escape hatches.
Every time they allow different hardware they also allow engineers
working for companies that they may not have enrolled as
conspirators in the monopoly yet to gain access to victims with the
danger that those engineers might not have the proper 'money is
the supreme good' philosophy to keep them from adding more escape
Much easier to ignore all but a subset of the possible hardware
which they have an established record with.
They are flirting with AMD now trying to get Intel back in line
but they really do not know if the AMD team would be willing to
co-monopolize with them.
Meanwhile Intel sees that the desktop market has ceased strong
growth and will shortly stabilize at a trickle of new systems each
year while the server arena, which MS has had little success in,
is rapidly adopting Linux.
Intel is being a good business and following the money to Linux
It has not been lost on AMD that they have more opportunity with
Linux as well.
MS is not free to pull their board room extortion tricks with the
anti-trust trial still going so they are trying to focus on the
part of monopoly power that they can still wield, "Developers,
developers, developers, developers, ..." because if they lose them
then the monopoly will collapse like "protection" rackets do when
the police start defending the victims from retribution.
So next come the Developers. When they start walking away and become
more profitable instead of less the pyramid will collapse.
Microsoft is trying to add to the list of biggest lies of all time:
"Hi. I'm from Microsoft and I am here to protect you from the threat of