Electronics Weekly: Start-Ups Ride the Open Source Design Wave
Dec 20, 2006, 18:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Ever since computing became part of our lives, the core
elements of the computer were the keys to riches. Originally, IBM
dominated this space with proprietary mainframes. More recently,
Intel and Microsoft became great high-tech monopolies with the x86
architecture and Windows.
"Once you had written software for an Intel processor, for as
long as they maintained backward compatibility, it would be
virtually impossible to switch to a new architecture..."