[rescue] Re: [geeks] THIS. MAKES. ME. SICK.

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Wed Jun 13 14:27:28 CDT 2001

It's not like Cobalt was the only Linux/MIPS developer though.  If you can
find off the self Intel boards to fit the cube case (remeber, 11" cubed,
or thereabouts), then I'm sure you can also find off the self MIPs boards
that same size. 

Now, if Sun wanted to be really cool, the would make the next generation
of Cobalt machines be super small Sparcs.

Joshua Boyd

On Wed, 13 Jun 2001, Jonathan Katz wrote:
> I thought the story came from the additional R&D costs needed in
> keeping the Linux/MIPS port afloat. Sure, there is a lot of cool
> factor there, but being the maintainer of an OS port vs. a user
> or co-developer means a big difference in $$$ Maybe that is driven
> by the suits, but that's business.
> When other costs (hardware) are put into consideration, the difference
> when buying MIPS in quantity vs. x86 in quantity is negligable. The
> other question would be are the MIPS MBs used in the original RAQs
> off-the-shelf or were they in-house/custom designed? It's a lot cheaper
> for a company to go w/ the off-the-shelf design.
> Sun has gobs of embedded processors, boards, and apps they need
> more customers for. It will be interesting to see which architecture
> Cobalt goes with in the long run.
> -Jon
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