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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] the state of the union

From: Andrew Suffield
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] the state of the union
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 21:08:11 +0100
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On Wed, Aug 25, 2004 at 01:27:06PM -0400, James Blackwell wrote:
> IBM is making money, and they're dumping a *lot* of money into free
> software development. You're just not one of the people they picked.

IBM has their own internal revision control systems, which arch cannot

> RH is barely over breaking even, but they too donate a lot of code into
> free software. 

Focussed on code which they can ship to their customers. Non-critical
development tools aren't a prority and there isn't enough to go

> Novell is in huge trouble. Their main product is dead, and they haven't
> found new products to sell.

Novell == SuSE =~ IBM.

> HP is still choking on the Compaq merger, and I believe they're having
> money problems as well.

Mostly the Compaq merger, and they've never been a software company.

> Sun is also in a huge amount of trouble because of lintel. I'm sure
> they're well aware that they need to either change or die, but you won't
> see them admit that in public.

For the past five years, Sun have been doing their determined level
best to go out of business.

I think they're disappointed every morning when they get into the
office and it's still there.

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