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Linux Journal: Perfect Pair: PowerPC and Linux

May 12, 2001, 22:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Keultjes)

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Stomp out digital monoculture! This article maintains that if you believe diversity in computing is a good thing, you might want to consider getting behind Linux run on PowerPC-based machines.

Most Linux fans are not old enough to remember that Intel did not always dominate the PC processor market. In the late seventies, Intel won the chip war with Motorola and Zilog by offering certain features in its 8086 chip that favored MS-DOS over then existing competitive OSes. Subsequently IBM selected the 8088 for the first PC, knocking both Motorola and Zilog out of the emerging PC market. In spite of that loss, Motorola has managed to remain an important force in computer processors, mainly because of the PowerPC. As a consortium with Apple and IBM, the PowerPC is now in a position to save us from Linley Gwennap's One World, One Processor scenario. AMD is expected to continue its role, started as an Intel second source, a producer of Intel clones. As such, AMD is most relevant to these discussions because their chips obscure the real One World, Once Processor danger.

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