Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 29, 2006 10:05 AM
Apple is, unfortunately, not a case in point. Remember, the previous poster was talking about being able to guarantee certain hardware for 20-50 years or whatever. Apple doesn't do that; just try calling them to get any part for the Mac Classic, for example. Even IBM doesn't do it anymore for our 30-year-old dinosaur mainframe. Maybe third parties might be able to pick up that kind of thing, but third parties could also easily pick up VESA Local Bus cards, too (I haven't seen any VLB cards sold in many years). I sure haven't seen any new NuBus network cards sold, though I have seen used ones occasionally on eBay (I bought one for my PMac 5200).
Where I do totally agree with you is in the benefits of using open source code. That PMac 5200 I just mentioned with the "new" NIC? It's now a LTSP client and, considering its age, doesn't do too badly. 640x480x256, true, but it's certainly useable in a pinch. Impresses the heck out of those for whom I do LTSP demos.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-)