Hi Brad, I'm no hardware expert, but I've always been under the impression that the speed of the AS/400 comes from the fact that there are processors for this and processors for that. Not just one big fat processor running the whole show. (Although there is a main processor). I've heard of OS/400 running on a ThinkPad, but I wonder if it's a good thing or a bad thing in the light of the multi-processor set-up. It may not take full advantage of the architecture. Having said all of that, I do agree that IBM should be looking to port it onto different platforms, but then this wouldn't sell their horribly marked up hardware! ;) Alistair -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Stone, Brad V (TC) Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 4:19 PM To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'; MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com Subject: Good Book and Interesting Thought? 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: email@example.com +--- +--- | 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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