ZDNet News: Why you should be using FireWire
Apr 05, 2001, 18:45 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephan Somogyi)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Linux gets it, Intel doesn't"
"To my complete lack of surprise, Linux 2.4.x includes basic
support for FireWire and the addition of SBP-2 drivers to the
kernel source is evidently not far off. Clearly, someone is paying
attention over there. Windows also apparently has decent SBP-2
support today, though I confess I am unable to try this out since I
don't have a FireWire-capable Windows box."
"This state of affairs brings us to Intel. When I enquired
earlier this week about whether Intel had any plans to integrate
1394 into its motherboards' chipsets, I got an unequivocal
reply:"Intel has no plans to put 1394 on our motherboards." Can't
get clearer than that."
"Unfortunately, Intel's party line is based on a fallacy, that
1394 is just an A/V technology. This is patently false. But Intel
also has a vested interest in seeing 1394 be marginalized into a
niche product and having USB 2.0 succeed. This is a flawed strategy
for many reasons: USB uses far too much PC processing power and
inherently offers no peer-to-peer mode. USB On-the-Go is a clear
example of how revenue-centric rather than
Do-The-Right-Thing-centric Intel was to pursue an exclusively
host-based strategy. And if the market lets Intel get away with it,
it will try to do the same with USB 2.0 as well."