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Re: DARPA cancellation
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: DARPA cancellation
- From: bondpaper <bondpaper_(_at_)_earthlink_(_dot_)_net>
- Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2003 10:29:09 -0600
On Fri, 2003-04-18 at 08:18:36 -0500, Marco Peereboom proclaimed...
Hypothesis: DARPA spending money on Linux will make it better.
HOW? Are you out of your mind? Let me just name some random PC companies
that literally sink millions into Linux: IBM, HP, Dell & Intel. Can you
say millions of dollars and a lot of programmers? I can; where I live
there is a huge IBM facility full of IBM linux geeks who are coding all
day. Let me say that again: a building full of people coding and they
are on IBM's payroll.
Now, do you really think that adding $2m from DARPA is going to make a
difference? Linux is so disorganized that a DARPA grant would never be
used for anything useful (maybe we can have them put colorls in the
kernel; it's faster that way).
I forwarded your mail to a friend who is a product engineer for
the IBM RS/6000 boxes. Here's what he had to say (to backup your
comments on hiring people to "make linux better"...
"Hilariously perfect & true. Linux on enterprise level machines
is such a worthless effort.
Why, exactly? In the absence of anything substantive, this sounds more
like a turf/political issue than anything else.
He's right, they have *DIVISIONS* of
folks coding stuff for Linux; here in Austin, Beaverton, Australia,
& a few other places. It's actually so ridiculous: they literally
looked at AIX, made note of all the good stuff it already has (e.g.,
errpt'g, diags, LVM, etc.) & told these Linux folks to port it all
over to Linux. Linux is simply just a huge Mktg. tool for the Sales
& Mktg. folks to leverage with customers. Customers who are going
to be royally f*cked when all the good H/W they bought, is driven
directly into the ditch by Linux!!"
"Driven into the ditch"....hmmmmm...any examples of this having
happened? Any particular reason this *would* happen?
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