Subject: Re: Community Issues ** LONG **
To: Joel Reicher <email@example.com>
From: Kenneth D. Merry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/22/1999 14:38:48
Joel Reicher wrote...
> > I think the issue of Sun wanting *any* OS to run on their hardware should
> > be viewed from the perspective of hardware sales. They're interested in
> > selling more hardware, and if they think that getting FreeBSD running on
> > Sparc hardware will do it, they'll support it. It's just like all of the
> > work that Intel does to cook up new uses for its processors. Intel wants
> > to drive hardware sales, so they try to make sure that as much software as
> > possible runs on their chips.
> This is not intrinsically a bad thing. If the software usage benefits us,
> what does it matter that the hardware usage would benefit Sun? As long as
> their profit is not our loss, I don't see a problem.
> Maybe I've misunderstood and you weren't actually implying it's a bad thing. :)
I wasn't implying that it's a bad thing. Just that that's the way things
work, and that's why companies like Sun or Intel would be interested in
NetBSD, FreeBSD or Linux running on their hardware.