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Intel "Imad Sousou is the director of Intel's Open Source Technology Centre, which is behind the Moblin project aimed at providing optimized Linux technology for netbooks and mobile Internet devices. ZDNet Asia's sister site ZDNet UK caught up with Sousou at the Open Source In Mobile 09 event in Amsterdam last month to discuss the nature of Moblin and the hardware on which it will run." The interview also covers Intel's views on the netbook and MID market, Windows 7, ARM as a competitor, and Google's Chrome OS and how Intel is working with Google.
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RE[2]: Yeah, right.
by Laurence on Mon 12th Oct 2009 14:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Yeah, right."
Laurence
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2007-03-26

I think the point that was trying to be made is that the Internet, at least since the early 90's, has had ever increasing requirements. The "web" has had an ever increasing need for speed to display its contents. The early "pure text" Internet didn't require much of a computer, but if you tried to use an old Commodore 64 to browse the web today you'd be very disappointed, for instance.


I think he just wanted to promote the image of Intel as being the leading manufacturer of some kind of miracle CPU architecture that can perform tasks popular with Joe public better than any other architecture.

The reality of this is bullshit as:
* CPUs only crunch numbers thus it's the OS + user space tools that performs said tasks. Thus the only limitation of the Internet is what user space tools are installed.
* The Internet was intentionally built to be platform-independent. So the whole argument about it being tied into one OS with wrong - and, further more, the idea of the Internet being developed for one specific CPU architecture is absurd.


To expand on this point (and using your example), you CAN surf the net on a Commodore 64. In fact, there's a twitter client for the C64: http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/06/14/0218212
Theres a web browser and even a web server for the C64:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contiki#Features


The ironic thing is, if you want to talk about overall compatibility on your typical Intel-powered PC, then they're actually behind the market:
* Your typical Intel powered PC will run Windows, which only has a fraction of the Internet-dependant user-space tools pre-installed compared with Linux/BSD (eg whois command)
* Your typical Windows user will be running Internet Explorer, which is still lacking support for many HTML5 features (SVG anyone? Better install webkit then!)

In fact, you couldn't even argue that media-rich Internet we originally designed for PCs given the 1st graphical web-browser was written for NeXTStep and wasn't running on x86 CPUs.



So, in short, Imad Sousou's comments have about as much basis on reality as Lord of the Rings.

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