I just read "In the Beginning was the command Line" by Neal Stephenson. I got hooked on his writing after reading Snow Crash (a must read to any techie). It spoke of Windows, Mac, how the GUI makes users think they are hackers, etc. I agreed with most of what he had to say. He also spoke about Linux and BeOS. The interesting thing to me was how Be Inc. started out making their OS hardware dependant. (sound familiar?) Then, to stay alive they ported BeOS to Mac and Mac Clones because they ran on the same type of chips (gee, who also uses those same types of chips?). Then, when Mac Clone went away, they also ported BeOS to Intel saving their hides once again. Very interesting survival method. What made this interesting to me was that IBM seems to be doing the exact opposite. Instead of porting OS400 to other hardware (ie Intel), they are importing everything else TO the AS400 (Apache, Linux, PASE, etc...). Too bad Neal didn't discuss this because I'm sure he would have had some interesting viewpoints (I metioned this in my Amazon review I did, so maybe he'll see it..hehe..) Anyone have any thoughts on this? Is IBM's strategy, exactly opposite of Be, just half a dozen of the other, or a risky game? Brad +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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