[linux-elitists] Ethicc v. Pragmatics (was: Why haven't you switched to MacOS X yet?)

Alan DuBoff aland@SoftOrchestra.com
Thu Jan 16 00:19:59 PST 2003


On Wednesday 15 January 2003 10:04, Greg KH wrote:
> And Linux has been ported to a lot of different processor
> architectures already (like the whole embedded PPC and 68X series).

A great example of this is TiVo. They originally used a PPC 405 chip, or at 
least had a substantial amount of them. Their new boxes are MIPS, all they 
have to do is change a compiler flag and wholah!

> Also no royalties on every unit shipped is a very big motivation.

This is not totally true all the time, depends on the distro. Some of the 
embedded linux companies are always looking for a loop hole to charge, and 
Sharp was paying a royalty to Lineo for each unit as well as for the JVM and 
some other stuff. Embedded Linux is not always free, although it can be.

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