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The Register: Transmeta's real mystery: its OS tweaking auction

Jan 20, 2000, 17:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Annie Kermath)

"Let's get this right. There are no favoured operating systems in Crusoeland. Transmeta has no instruction set of its own. There's nothing to write to. And that code morphing engine hasn't any preferences either- so don't think that's been tweaked to any particular operating system. And oh no - certainly not Linux, even though we've got its creator on board, helping to design our code morphing engine...."

"Of the two processors - and remember as a customer you don't automatically buy the rights to tweak it yourself - the TM5400 has been already specifically tweaked to favour, er? Windows 9x, Transmeta said yesterday...."

"And quite deliberately too, said execs, because Windows 9x is reliant on 16-bit code. The user interface remains 16-bit, and readers with long memories will recall how, long ago, Microsoft's spin doctors obliged its programmers to rename the Win16Lock() system call to the more agreeable sounding Win16Mutex(): the bottleneck which Andrew Schulmann used to demonstrate that the new Windows was just as suspect as the old Windows in the I/O department."

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