[svlug] what did you all think about....
raffi at kset.com
Tue Aug 25 17:10:58 PDT 1998
On Tue, 25 Aug 1998, Bob Dehnhardt wrote:
> be some refinement and development to do. If the companies that pick up
> the design are required to open source their improvements, they won't
> touch the design - they're not about to help their competitors for free
> (again, those pesky shareholders). And if they're not required to share
> their changes, we end up with multiple, proprietary designs that may or
> may not be compatible, all of them vying for the title of "Standard".
> I dunno, maybe I'm missing something, but I just don't see how the Bazaar
> can work for hardware, especially chips.
Chips, not a problem relatively speaking. Bazaar designing method for
hardware would be possible using programable devices. The question is, is
it financialy justifiable? You can get an inexpensive programmer for a
few hundred $. PLA chips are geting cheaper and one could design a whole
computer with them. Including the CPU. The performance etc is
Additional needed hardware is more of a problem. Making circuit boards
with SMT is not that easy. Storage devices and I/O are another problem. We
don't have "Lego" electronic cubes to build the electronic circuits any
way we please. Maybe one day.
> - Bob
There is another "controversial subject", standards. Which logic devices
to use, what kind of architecture, Harward or von Neuman, or MS :-)
All runing computers will be affected by time
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