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Re: Phase 5 Statement on Linux for PowerPC

On Thu, 19 Aug 1999, Matt Porter wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Aug 1999, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> > Another difference is that now the market is ready for it, while it wasn't in
> > 1997.
> I'm still a fence-sitter on that one.  This despite the fact that I would  
> personally like a board with AGP which supports a 750 or Max! CPU.
> Here's the Moto. angle on how CHRP died (or zombified if you prefer) 
> Moto. took a Starmax which was the first "G3" machine to MacWorld and
> showed it behind closed doors to industry heavyweights.  At the same show,
> Apple was telling folks that they were working on their "G3" machine.
> Estimates are that Moto. was 9 months ahead of Apple.  Negotiations for
> licensing of MacOS 8 were in progress already.  After the show, a new
> negotiation team was brought in from Apple and things took quite a turn
> for the worse.
> MCG marketing considered options like BeOS and Linux to keep producing the
> boxes, but as you say the market wasn't ready for that.  No MacOS, no
> sales.

Do you know why Motorola didn't sue MacOS for canceling the Mac clone deal,
and/or didn't say `no MacOS, no more CPUs'?



Geert Uytterhoeven                     Geert.Uytterhoeven@cs.kuleuven.ac.be
Wavelets, Linux/{m68k~Amiga,PPC~CHRP}  http://www.cs.kuleuven.ac.be/~geert/
Department of Computer Science -- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven -- Belgium

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