Intel buys up UK Linux lab
A bird in the OpenedHand
Intel has bought up OpenedHand, the UK-based Linux development company, folding its product line into the chip behemoth's mobile Linux effort, while promising to maintain its open-source developments.
OpenedHand specialises in squeezing Linux onto small devices, so is ideally placed to support the new generation of what Intel calls "Mobile Internet Devices". OpenedHand is a keen supporter of open source, both philosophically and practically, with various mobile-orientated projects on the go - all of which will, apparently, be supported by its new owner.
Intel will be quite happy to support such open developments; it doesn't make its money from software, and is concerned to see the way that software makes up an ever-increasing proportion of the cost of computing.
If we're all going to own Mobile Internet Devices, in addition to our laptops, desktops and media centres, then they're going to have to be cheap; using Linux is a reasonable way of driving down costs, particularly from Intel's point of view. ®
"I would be more tempted to choose a non GPL" >> Rationale Required. None GPL code doesn't have the protections for the _original_ developers. Might be fine and dandy for the thieves though.
Back to the point
Intel wouldn't have had the cash to do this without outsourcing their chip-manufacturing to places like Vietnam. So what do you think will happen when these Brits get laid off and the code goes to an Indian, perhaps even Vietnamese, developer?
Get your resumes ready, folks. The building's about to be knocked down. It was fun while it lasted. How does it feel to have all your hard work rewarded by unemployment? No wonder programmers write shitty code these days, it's the only way to have job security.
Re: What kind of floppy are you lot on?
"My floppy is only 1.44mb and despite lots of tender care, never grew any larger. Is there some kind of floppy enlargement process or treatment you can take then?"
My inbox is full of people claiming that they can make my floppy larger - maybe I should forward you a few ...
... and it's been many a year since I was able to get a Linux kernel on a 1.44Mb floppy.