[rescue] NeXTSTEP or OPENSTEP?
lionel4287 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 9 13:03:24 CDT 2014
A couple nits to pick - see in-line notes below:
> On Aug 9, 2014, at 8:40 AM, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
> It had NT for
> SPARC but didn't launch it.
Releasing NT in SPARC would not have been a very good idea, it's success would
have relied on third-parties to cross-compile their applications to a new CPU
architecture for any real success, IMHO. Did Win NT on Alpha really amount to
much? Win NT/SPARC would have been a third platform for vendors to support...
> It required fancy high-end disks and
> proprietary RAM and expansion cards for far too long, when it should
> have been making PC-formfactor motherboards which could plug into all
> the parts of a standard PC, so taking advantage of cheap PC
Well, the pedantist in me feels compelled to point out that. SCSI was common
on workstations (their intended market) and us believe all the RAM Sun used
was standard- based, they used obscure standards to be sure, but the commodity
SPARC boxes I'm aware of used standard form-factor DIMMs with fairly standard
technology on them, but no one else (AFAIK) ever adopted the same combinations
of standard DIMM form-factor and memory technology, effectively rendering them
proprietary, but not really.
Early Sun desktops used standard PC 30 and 72 pin SIMMs, but required parity -
an unusual, but not unheard of requirement at the time in the PC market.
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