Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Apr 2006 17:12 UTC, submitted by Andy Updegrove
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Last summer, IBM set up Power,org, to promote its PowerPC chip as what it called 'open hardware.' This year, Sun launched the OpenSPARC.net open source project around the source code for its Niagera microprocessor. But what does "open" mean in the context of hardware? You have to pay to participate meaningfully in Power.org, as well as pay royalties to implement - it's built on a traditional RAND consortium model. To use the Sun code, though, its just download the code under an open source license, and you're good to go to use anything except the SPARC name. All of which leads to the questions: 'what does open mean in hardware, and which approach will work?"
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more open than thou
by chekr on Thu 13th Apr 2006 00:40 UTC
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2005-11-05

Back in september of last year when IBM where spinning power as less proprietary than sparc I wrote an email: http://chuckup.blogspot.com/2005/09/ibm-dishonest-marketing.html to Jill Holt of IBM asking for clarification on a few issues. Needless to say she did not clarify anything.

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RE: more open than thou
by kaiwai on Thu 13th Apr 2006 05:00 in reply to "more open than thou"
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2005-07-06

Of course not, like IBM"s Linux marketing, its all smoke, mirrors and nothing of any thing substantial.

Like I kept asking IBM appologist, when they sold IBM pc's, when are we going to see desktops and workstations preloaded with Linux?

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