I think my "Series i" blunder (although affected by sleep deprivation at
least in part) points out what is, to me at least, the biggest problem
with the name changes. It is *NOT* the frequency, which is well within the
normal range (perhaps even less often than some other members of the
genre). Rather, the problem is that the current names -- even taken in
isolation -- seem to be inherently confusing.
For example, the operating system is "i5/OS". The server name is "System
i5". The platform family is "System i". Yet it is suggested, sometimes
emphatically, that a machine that was built as an "AS/400e" running
"OS/400" (our Model 720) has somehow morphed -- first into an "iSeries"
and then into a "member of the System i family" -- if I've got that right.
Interestingly, that same machine actually *is* capable of running "i5/OS"
even though -- again I venture what I think is correct -- the Model 720
does not run on a Power 5 chip.
In the "other world" the operating system nomenclature is completely
separate from the CPU nomenclature. M$FT's "Windows" in its various
incarnations cannot be confused with the chip it is running on by anyone
paying the least attention: 80286, 486SX, Pentium, Athlon, Turion, and a
host of others. Ditto for Linux and Mac/OS. Even where there is a close to
one-to-one relationship, the naming distinction is maintained. It may not
make the computer any better, but it sure helps keep the discussion
Beauty is as beauty does, and we have a beautiful platform to work with;
but ugliness is in the i....
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