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LinuxToday Australia : Open Source Chips?

May 12, 2000, 11:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

[ Thanks to Niki Scevak for this link. ]

"There's little doubt chipmaker Intel is very serious about wooing the Linux community. How serious? Well, until last week the details of the forthcoming 64-bit Mercred or Itanium chip were top secret. Then on Wednesday evening (Eastern Australia Time) the company posted full specifications on a special website."

"Take it from me; these specifications are pretty darn comprehensive. There are many megabytes of technical looking PDF files to download. Intel's action effectively delivers the nearest thing imaginable to an Open Source processor design."

"Of course, there aren't too many hackers out here in Linuxland who have bedrooms, garages and college dorms containing the necessary state of the art silicon foundries required to reverse engineer revised, peer-reviewed versions of the Mercred processor. So until K-mart starts stocking home processor fabrication plants I think we can assume Intel isn't exactly risking its long term future by divulging this information."

"On the other hand, we're talking about the Intel that usually known for excessive secrecy - company co-founder Andy Grove's 1996 book was called "Only the Paranoid Survive."

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