Minix 3 vs portability - was Re: Looking for a small fast VAX development machine

Mark J. Blair nf6x at
Mon Feb 22 10:04:14 CST 2016

> On Feb 22, 2016, at 07:54, Toby Thain <toby at> wrote:
> I don't think the current perceived size of x86/ARM markets will protect it as effectively as a diversity of targets would. Remember how ubiquitous SPARC, VAX, 68K were at one time; if you were stranded there, you don't exist now.

As a case in point, look at apple switching from 68k to PowerPC for their desktop systems, then again from PowerPC to x86. With overlapping emulation in both cases, even. Both of those transitions were critical for their survival and growth.

Mark J. Blair, NF6X <nf6x at>

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