Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 21:54 UTC
Intel The Intel Developer Forum is currently in full swing, but it kicked off with a speech by Intel CEO Paul Otellini. Well, there's bad news for those of us who long for a time where lots of different architectures compete with one another, ensuring that technology is moved forward. Otellini's plans for Intel basically come down to one thing: x86 everywhere.
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I agree, this is bad news
by ghgeorge on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 12:17 UTC
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Monopolies are almost always bad for the consumer and the ecology. Customers are stuck paying more then they have to because there is only one place to get a chip they need. With only one chip running everything we throw out any new ideas or revolutions in design. We see from the Microsoft fiasco that one manufacturer is a recipe for disaster. We need to have competition so Intel is forced to come up with new ideas and new strategies.

Internet Explorer is an excellent example of what happens when a monopoly figures it has won. Why put money into innovation when there is no one you have to worry about. IE sat dormant for years while little Firefox started development. Firefox was then good enough to take on IE and Microsoft was so lost and confused they didn't do anything against Firefox for years. After Firefox grabs 20% of the market then Microsoft decides maybe IE needs an update.

These kinds of things will happen if Intel is allowed to be the only game in town. We need to guarantee that innovation, security, and pricing has as much competition as possible. I sure hope we don't have to deal with another IE type fiasco except in the microprocessor field. That will be much harder to fix than writing Firefox.

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