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Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 222

More to the point, how can you find out which chip the phone has before buying it?

As someone who formerly marketed semiconductors, simple answer is - you don't!!! Those things are internal to the bill of materials, and a lot of things are sourced from multiple vendors. Like DRAM could come from Micron or Hynix or Samsung. Flash could come from Sandisk or anybody else. SSDs could come from Sandisk or Intel/Micron or Western Digital... Whenever any fabless company - which is what Apple is - makes any chip, they can source it from multiple fabs, multiple assembly houses, multiple test houses - in fact, for something as high running as the A9, that's what they definitely do. In fact, I'm surprised that Samsung and TSMC alone b/w them have the capacity to service Apple - I'd have thought that they'd need at least 4 fab sources for the A9

Comment Re:Vitality is defined by users, not developers. (Score 1) 148

I think Open Motif was more Open Source than Motif was. Just that Motif was more popular amongst the non-Sun distros - OSF/1, AIX, HP/UX et al than Open Look ever was. As for the Open Source licensing, that falls under the anal-ysis of licenses by RMS and Eben Morgan, and unless something was built based on GPL, it was never gonna be good enough

Comment Re:What target platform? (Score 1) 148

I didn't say that routers are niche. But something like, say, DD-WRT is a niche OS for routers. Meant for only that. Also, vxWorks may be available on Intel - just about every OS is these days - but that doesn't stop it from being niche. Heck, it's valid to say that aside from Windows, OS-X and Linux, everything on the x86/x64 is niche

Comment Re:Systemd (Score 2) 148

In what sense is BSD more mature than OpenIndiana??? BSDs may have a larger userbase and more developers at this point; but OpenIndiana hasn't deviated much the Solaris kernel (which has been used for an obvious long time). Does BSD have Dtrace? Perhaps its your belief that the major BSDs are more mature "distributions" than OpenIndiana...

And that's what makes a huge difference - that they have a larger userbase today, and more developers today. Just b'cos the Solaris kernel has been there since the 90s doesn't imply that it's necessarily still superior. Particularly since we are talking about different platforms now. Solaris was born on and finetuned for the SPARC: the x86 version was there as an afterthought. And that's what OpenIndiana is succeeding.

The BSDs - FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD - are now in versions 5-10, and have been actively maintained. OpenIndiana, OTOH, as the above story goes, is still barely being held together. The fact that OpenIndiana doesn't even start to address the biggest part of the Solaris market - the installed SPARC base - is the biggest thing going against it. It's like if Windows were to drop support for the x86/x64 and become an ARM only platform.

Comment Re:What target platform? (Score 0) 148

I agree w/ this - Sun made Solaris too much of a religion than explore ways of making their platforms more ubiquitous. Had they looked at proliferating SPARC all over the place, and using Linux/SPARC or BSD/SPARC or even Minix/SPARC to come up w/ SPARC based gear, they'd have probably invented a market for themselves. SPARC could been offered in a range of performance and price points and Sun could have used the right tool in each case - Solaris some places, Linux some others, and at least saved themselves to some degree.

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