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Electronics Weekly: Start-Ups Ride the Open Source Design Wave

Dec 20, 2006, 18:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Irving)

"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..."

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