[rescue] The end of alpha

Zach Malone rescue at sunhelp.org
Tue Jun 26 08:23:27 CDT 2001

I dunno,
    Compaq buying DEC always seemed a little strange to me.  Compaq makes
very nice x86 machines on their high end, and pretty poor quality ones on
their low end.  Research (to me) has never seemed to be a large part of what
the company did.  The aquisition of Digital seemed to me to be a bragging
thing, "If we buy Digital, maybe people will think we are a real computer
    just my opinion
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bjrn Ramqvist" <brt at osk.sema.se>
To: <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 3:06 AM
Subject: Re: [rescue] The end of alpha

> Dave McGuire wrote:
> >
> > > On the other hand, from what I've read about Itanium up until now,
this was
> > > probably the *only* way Intel could make that chip usable...They
should just
> > > flat out replace the thing...
> >
> >   Yeah...it's a pretty sad state of affairs.  I wonder what it would
> > take to make Intel admit to the world that they're a bunch of
> > blithering idiots who have NO FUCKING IDEA how to design high-speed
> > processors.
> But, but... (snipped from official statement)
> "We believe Intel's architecture is the best choice for the enterprise,
> and for our customers this is truly the best of both worlds."
> PFFFT!!!
> Somehow, I'm not surprised. Pissed and disappointed, but not surprised.
> I wonder how long it will take until (someone) at Compaq finds out the
> clear fact that "shit, we shouldn't have left the Alpha in the dust...
> now we're screwed.".
> Although the above solution to replace the entire Itanium with Alpha and
> rebadge it as "Itanium" is quite amusing.
> Anyway, I see one obstacle disappearing with this; we don't have to
> battle over "x86 server or Alpha server?", cause we have no choice no
> Geez... As you said Dave, this industry IS shot.
> /Bjorn
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