: Even a company the size of DEC couldn't persuade more than a handful of
: companies to port their code to Alpha/NT, and this one-man-and-his-band will
: succeed ?
A couple of counters to that:
a) he's giving it away under the GPL. Linux used that approach
and has at least 3 million, some say 6 million, seats. Linus
didn't get all those seats - he was helped. This guy is
asking for help. Maybe we, SGI, and the other Unix vendors
should contribute a few percent of our engineering staff to
all working on this to catch up with u$oft. Together we stand,
divided we fall - cliche but uite apropos at the moment.
b) did you miss the part about the 8086 interpreter so that you
can just run binaries unmodified? I haven't tried it but I
imagine it works.
As a friend at DEC said - "we need to grow the pie, not shrink it. Linux
grows it. We all benefit". I agree.