Subject: Re: Slightly Off-Topic...
To: NetBSD Vax Port <>
From: Ken Seefried <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/25/2001 17:58:57
Dave McGuire writes:

> On June 25, Ken Seefried wrote:
>> >   What I find infuriating about this is the damned suits at Compaq (and
>> > everywhere else, it seems) seem to be under the impression that
>> > processor architecture is a BUSINESS DECISION.  
>> What?  
>> Oh...nevermind.  This is a venting session, one fraught with emotion.  
>> Reality suspended momentarily. 
>   While this is true, my statement that you quoted above stands.  I've
> run into it time and time again. 
>   Were you bothered by something I said? 
>         -Dave McGuire

Bothered?  Not at all. 

I merely found the concept offered, that a processor architecture isn't a 
business decision, to be, shall we say, quaint.  From the people who 
conceive it, thru the people who implement it, thru the people who code for 
it, to the people who use it, processor architecture is an amalgam of ideas 
and compromises driven by business purposes, ultimately to serve business 
purposes.  When business decisions go against our concepts of what is the 
"right" decision, that can be vexing, and it's easy to loose perspective.  
The reality of the marketplace, however, is still there. 

Ken Seefried, CISSP