Intel Is Scared
Otellini has a big problem on his hands. He can sense that the computer industry is ripe for a seismic change. The parallel programming crisis threatens to unleash a frenzy of innovation that may render Intel's processors obsolete. So Otellini figures that the best way to leverage Intel's heavy investment in last century's technology is to support as many OSes as possible in order to lock in as many customers as possible. If a major change happens, that should give him some breathing room.
The problem with operating systems, however, is that they will all become obsolete in a few years. This includes all the dinosaurs from the 20th century: Windows, Unix, Linux, MacOS, etc. And, let's not forget the processors they run on. They will all join the buggy whip and the slide rule into the pile of abandoned artifacts. Why? Because the coming solution to the parallel programming crisis will not suffer a bunch of primitive and inferior technologies to survive.
So Google's Chrome OS is yet another Linux OS? Please, don’t make me laugh. Linux is a mummy, a decrepit museum piece from a soon to be forgotten age. Eric Schmidt is clearly delusional. Google’s mountain of cash is not enough to guarantee success in this cutthroat business. Chrome OS is doomed before it is even born. Heck, Google’s own future is precarious because the computer industry is at a dangerous crossroad. A wrong turn may turn out to be very painful if not fatal. My advice is: Y’all should think carefully before deciding on which way to proceed.
How to Solve the Parallel Programming Crisis: