Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
Posts: 750 from 2003/2/14
@eliot - surviving is dream enough for now (and for the last three years). If you cannot survive as a Company, you cannot even begin to think about new products much less dream about a better world or whatever.
There are a couple of things to think about.
1. Freescale left general purpose host processing. Did you ever read this blog:http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2006/02/empowerment.html
It is hard enough to introduce a new computer platform, but when the CPU supplier does not even consider the market and all our effort
as not even a blip on their P&L, you know you are in for a challenge. This was also the case with the Pegasos I and IBM. IBM thought we were crazy to try to promote a CHRP 750CXe platform and even told us that in the summer of 2003. The *only* reason we were able to keep going with Freescale is because the 5200B meets a minimum requirement and comes from a *different* part of Freescale. The CPU was designed to address a different market (automotive). Otherwise, it was/would have been game over. Did you ever read this:http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2005/12/every-developer-needs-desktop.html
Freescale does not care about the home based developer. Freescale only thinks to their top customers. You have to understand that you are not a market to them. Nevertheless, we did manage to convince the TSPG part (vs. NCSG - see first blog) that MorphOS should be something they consider - and now they have: PPCG40006
and mobileGT Press Release
. These are your proof-points that the value is being re-created for MorphOS. This is not easy to do given the past and all the derogatory information still on the net.
2. We already mentioned why the 7448 was not a possibility for the Pegasos. If the CPU had met the specs originally announced at EuroSNDF
there might have been some hope, but sadly the final product (which was not delivered until February of 2006!) was not even close. The 7447A is not much better. We have made CPU cards with the 7447A. How many should we make? Try this math out:
500 users would probably buy a 7447A upgrade at $250. It costs us $220 to make them. That would make a 500 x $30 profit (and there are actually other expenses to think about). $15,000 is not enough to pay our current software and marketing staff for one month. If we raised the price to $350 we would probably sell 100 - maybe. See the problem.
3. The good new news is that IBM is interested in Genesi because IBM is interested in growing the POWER based ecosystem. To be honest, we have never had a better opportunity. Did you read this:http://bbrv.blogspot.com/2006/04/transmutation.html
That is the *only* reason Genesi is still alive today. Aren't you happy you still have some one to complain to?
In the next few weeks, we will determine whether Genesi has a future or not.