> back from the Systems 95 show in Munich I have some interesting
> news for you. First the bad ones:
> a) ACER Europe isn't interested in Linux/MIPS for their PICA
> systems. Their Risc-based systems are only available in
> far east and, rather inofficially, in US.
> The man I talked to wasn't even able to give me a contact
> address. Doesn't matter, I know more than he :-)
How interesting - I talked to them, too. At least I got an email
address :-) Of course in Taiwan ...
> b) NEC Europe is aware of the fact that NEC Tokyo sells Risc
> (Mips) based systems, but they are not available or supported
> in Europe. Even more interesting, about 10-15% of the systems
> SNI sells are NEC boxes produced exclusively for SNI.
> The man I talked too will try to give me a contact address
> in Tokyo, but doesn't believe that there's much interest
> in Linux/MIPS.
> c) Silicon Graphics still denies any interest in Linux/MIPS.
> However, the project is well-known.
> Now the good ones:
> d) I really cannot confirm the statement that Linux isn't
> well-known. Everyone I talked too, even those who are
> not interested, did know about Linux.
Even Linus agrees that Linux isn't to well known.
> e) Taataaaa!!!
> SNI (Siemens/Nixdorf) will officially support Linux/MIPS.
> I talked to whole bunch of SNI suits, in order of "importance":
> the Director of Business Midrange Products Management,
> the Midrange Systems Product Sales Manager,
> the Director of the Sales Partner Support Department and
> the Project Manager of the Telecommunication Services Department.
Gosh ... I didn't even dare to talk to them 'cause I was almost shure
that such a 'serious' company wouldn't be interested in Linux. Happy
to see that my assumption is wrong.