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Rune Hansen
Re: Decklink & Firewire 800
on Mar 5, 2003 at 1:52:57 am

[ Matt Silverman ] Just like it made no sense to move to OSX, right? Sometimes a small step backwards leads to a huge step forward. Furthermore, since Next ran on Intel, it isn;t that big of a leap to have OSX go back. Maybe they have been planning this all along, and have it ready to go and not much has to be re-writiten. I heard that Jobs just recently migrated from Next to OSX... plus they are finally killoing off Microsoft mac support with the new browser and powerpoint ripoff...

It makes no sense to move from one processor family to another, completely incompatible processor. We're not just talking the operating system (Darwin has been running on x86 for ages), but the thousands of application developers who would need to again start from scratch with all their software.

Remember when we went from 68k to PPC? Remember when we moved to OS X? You're implying that Apple will put the entire community in that direction? What happens with all the applications and systems that are already out there? All our Macs become worthless junk because they are not x86, so new versions of all our software doesn't run on it?

It makes lots of sense to move from Motorola to IBM, who have a PPC compatible processor (IBM 970/GPUL, based on the Power4 server processor) which not only natively runs all PPC stuff, is 64 bit capable, has a 900MHz bus, and even has an altivec unit on there. Did they just announce 1.8-2.5GHz on those a little while ago?

Personally I can't wait to get Motorola out of the picture -- come on, this isn't news... It's a certified rumor!


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