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CHRP (Was: Pushing up daisies...)

> From: Geert Uytterhoeven [mailto:geert@linux-m68k.org]
> On Thu, 22 Feb 2001, Leandro Dutra wrote:
> > > From: Mike Fedyk [mailto:mfedyk@matchmail.com]
> > > 
> > > "Common Hardware Reference Platform (CHRP)"
> > > 
> > 
> > 	It was the set of standards created for Power PC computers that
> > would be made by various manufacturers and run OS/2, Mac OS and AIX.
> And Solaris...

	Yes, and perhaps NT too - the PowerPC version of NT was ARC
(Advanced RISC Computer) compatible, perhaps it would need another HAL
(Hardware Abstraction Layer, a fancy name for a port and relevant drivers).

	In fact the AIM (Apple, IBM, Motorola) intended that PowerPC and
CHRP would replace the "IBM-PC compatible" i386 platform, but enabling far
more powerful OS's than Windows.

> IBM didn't want to produce the boards themselves. They just 
> provided a reference
> implementation. It's (a.o.?) Tatung and Umax that are to 
> blame, for not wanting
> to produce those boards (they didn't believe in Linux) after 
> Steve Jobs killed
> Mac OS for CHRP...

	At the time GNU/Linux wasn't really on the radar.  Up to this very
day it wouldn't be feasible to produce a totally new platform alternative to
i386 just on the grounds of "Linux runs it".  If there was also other
popular OS's perhaps, but just GNU/Linux not yet.

	IBM itself was to blame, because it killed OS/2 PowerPC and never
bothered to try to mass-market AIX as Sun tried (to no avail) with the
entry-level SPARC workstations, or Microsoft almost succeeded with Xenix.

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