Tuesday, June 07, 2005

A Mac laptop running on Niagara?

Read this blog on ZDNet that goes like-

"So what can Apple do? What they should have done two years ago: hop into bed with Sun. Despite its current misadventure with Linux, Sun isn’t in the generic desktop computer business. The Java desktop is cool, but it’s a solution driven by necessity, not excellence. In comparison, putting MacOS X on the Sun Ray desktop would be an insanely great solution for Sun while having Sun’s sales people push SPARC based Macs onto corporate desktops would greatly strengthen Apple.

Most importantly, SPARC is an open specification with a number of fully qualified fabs. In the long term Apple wouldn’t be trapped again and in the short term the extra volume would improve prospects for both companies. Strategically, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Niagara rocks. You want low power use for a laptop? How about an eight way 1.4Ghz SMP core with TCP/IP and cryptography done in hardware - at 65 watts flat out. There are some serious software issues, but get past them and you’ve got eight to ten Xeons in the box - at 65 watts.

Sun’s president, Jonathan Schwartz, put a nice invitation for you in his blog last Sunday. Maybe you should think about it..."

Sun folks(you need to pursue this...) & Apple folks, ARE YOU LISTENING??? Isn't this worth a try?

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