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IBM This article describes a real-word software port, with examples of how various porting challenges are resolved. If you are a software developer porting software to UNIX, you will find these techniques invaluable in avoiding common pitfalls, resolving bugs, and improving your productivity.
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Oh, the irony...
by tylerdurden on Thu 15th Apr 2010 05:19 UTC
tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

... running free software on million dollar hardware.

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RE: Oh, the irony...
by Laurence on Thu 15th Apr 2010 07:59 in reply to "Oh, the irony..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

... running free software on million dollar hardware.

How is that ironic?

The vast majorety of the top 500 super computers run on "free" software.

The internet is built on the back of "free" software.

However all this "free" software still has heavy porting, development and bug fix costs. So it's not actually free. It's just cheaper and more efficient than writing cones of the same software from scratch.

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RE[2]: Oh, the irony...
by tylerdurden on Thu 15th Apr 2010 16:01 in reply to "RE: Oh, the irony..."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

You must be a hit at parties... it could not possibly be that I was joking. Right?

IBM's Z systems are the epitome of proprietary and expensive, that is why I thought it was ironic. Alas, if I have to explain the joke...

Edited 2010-04-15 16:03 UTC

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RE: Oh, the irony...
by flanque on Thu 15th Apr 2010 10:25 in reply to "Oh, the irony..."
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2005-12-15

OK, I can deal with the expectation of free software, but asking for the hardware for free as well is just too much.

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