Subject: Re: Slightly Off-Topic...
To: None <>
From: Charles Redmond <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/25/2001 20:03:29
Hi all,

> Well, I have had some experience with the HP Itanium stuff. Its actually
>pretty cool to boot windowsXP (for whatever that is worth), HPUX and then
>Linux. Same machine.

I really don't see anything cool about Windows XP.. From licensing, to technical issues, to philisophical ones, I see XP as all bad..
But that's a separate rant..

What I do see this as is a deliberate move to reduce choice for the customer in terms of what they want to use. Certainly this advantages
Intel, it will advantage Compaq only if they make gains in their pc markets/vms on new platforms greater than the customers they will lose because of this move and or somehow make gains into new areas.. Compaq has now pretty much managed to reduce what was left of DEC to nothing..
My view of the future is a shortening of the announced time frames for support of alpha. Everyone considering purchases must now at the least review that decision. That will probably mean declining alpha sales very quickly and probably in one financial year's time an acceleration of the phaseout.

> Remember, PARISC CPU's cost about 10k each. Itaniums run as quick or faster
>and cost a lot less. This is a good thing. Its the right direction. A PIII
>cpu is a pretty quick thing, and sure does not cost a lot. Its a great time,

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