[rescue] your next Solaris machine ??? (Sol/x86 booting on iMac)

nate at portents.com nate at portents.com
Fri Apr 14 11:49:58 CDT 2006

> The PPC apologists are never going to admit the truth: PPC is
> effectively dead as anything other than an embedded platform (and IBM
> proprietary stuff is just as much embedded as anything else).

Well, it all depends on whether you see the glass half empty, or half full
I guess.

Half empty workstation view:

x86/x64 - not a workstation
SPARC - hanging on, sort of
Itanium - on life support
PowerPC - dying slowly
Alpha - dead
MIPS - dead
PA-RISC - dead

Half full workstation view:

x86/x64 - alive and evolving
SPARC - going strong
Itanium - hanging in there
PowerPC - will have the largest installed base of any RISC processor soon
Alpha - being phased out
MIPS - not in workstations anymore, but still around
PA-RISC - hey the 8900 isn't even a year old

- Nate

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