[rescue] SGI and Intel (was: Another fine business decision for us axp-lovers)

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Tue Jun 26 06:56:28 CDT 2001

I think the idea of the on linux books is to tell buyers that they are
going to get step by step instructions that will work on THEIR machine (as
opposed to any machine they might possibly own, like those odd Sun and SGI
boxy thingys).  After all, people buy book about Windows 98 although the
difference between 95 and 98 is arguably less than the difference between
Linux and Solaris.

Joshua Boyd

On Tue, 26 Jun 2001, Sebastian Marius Kirsch wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 25, 2001 at 07:35:18PM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:
> > On June 25, nick at snowman.net wrote:
> > > SGI is very very serious about getting linux running on very large intel
> > > boxes.
> >   ...purely for the sake of the press that it will get them.
> Is there *any* other reason to get Linux running on anything? On x86, I
> can -- with some effort -- understand why you'd want to run Linux,
> though I'm not sure whether it's ready for this class of machines
> yet. On any other platform -- like those guys that got Linux to run on
> an Origin3000 --, it's pure marketing. I think Linux is ready to trade
> place with NT as the most over-hyped OS ever. 
> But the scary thing is that the *whole* computing industry is
> participating in this hype. Slap the label "Linux" on virtually
> *anything*, and you can be sure of getting lots of press. Addison Wesley
> (OK, so Addison Wesley is ... let's not go there) putting out a series
> of books like 'LDAP on Linux', 'DHCP on Linux' ... What does that have
> to do with Linux? Never mind that it makes *absolutely* no difference
> whether you run this kind of stuff on Linux or *any* other kind of unix
> -- it still gets labeled as a "Linux" topic.
> Oh my, look at the time -- shouldn't really write emails that early in
> the morning ...
> -- 
> Yours, Sebastian Kirsch <skirsch at moebius.inka.de>
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