Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jul 2007 15:16 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Linux "Con Kolivas is a prominent developer on the Linux kernel and strong proponent of Linux on the desktop. But recently, he left it all behind. Why? In this interview with, Con gives insightful answers exploring the nature of the hardware and software market, the problems the Linux kernel must overcome for the desktop, and why despite all this he's now left it all behind."
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RE: Strawman on the hardware...
by jello on Tue 24th Jul 2007 18:04 UTC in reply to "Strawman on the hardware..."
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Microsoft contributed USB?
And all this time I thought it was INTEL.

From a technology standpoint USB is much worse than Firewire (iee1394) but it succeeded anyway because of great marketing and the lack of paying royalties..

And bad marketing is to blame for the demise of AMIGA, ATARI etc. mentioned in the article.

I remember well the times when I was sitting at work with my boring DOS computer and looking over the shoulders of coworkers with ATARI-ST using Pagemaker for the GEM desktop...

Anyway, in the end money drives it all. The big companies contributing to Linux do that in order to get a server OS out of it, not a desktop.

Hopefully Haiku will fill the needs of desktop users.

Hey Con, do you know about Haiku?

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JonathanBThompson Member since:

Careful reading of what I typed is that Microsoft didn't single-handedly bring USB to the world, but they were definitely contributors to the specification: without OS support, hardware is just a user of power.

Who is Con? Either you read my name incorrectly, or you purposely did that in reference to me, or perhaps I didn't bother to find out which post you added a response to mine in addition to it.

The answer is, yes, I most certainly know about Haiku, and I've personally attended the last two WalterCons.

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phoenix Member since:

Who is Con?

Only the subject of the interview and this discussion. ;)

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jello Member since:

Who is Con?

The kernel developer Con Kolivas.

Remember the article?

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hobgoblin Member since:

i think the usb chips are much cheaper also.

in many ways the usb vs firewire is like ata vs scsi.

sure scsi is better, but its also damn more expensive...

in usb, everything is centrally controlled by the motherboard chipset or usb controller. and when you want to add more you pop in a hub somewhere.

in firewire, there is more control built into each device, making the firewire chips more expensive. there is also the daisy chaining (that never really took of iirc, as in i have yet to see anything other then external drives have two firewire ports).

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