A very special welcome to the new OpenSPARC community -- Sun
Microsystems Launches OpenSPARC Project - Ignites New Open Source
Community for Breakthrough UltraSPARC T1 Processor.
I've met a few of the SPARC guys recently, and I look forward to
watching them build a community around their UltraSPARC T1 code. Tim
O'Reilly, founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, comments in the Sun release:
"Sun's move to open up the design of
the new UltraSPARC 64-bit chip is a new frontier for open source. We've
long understood the benefits of openness and sharing for driving
innovation and quality in software development, but it has yet to be
tried for hardware design. While no one expects garage hackers doing
their own chip fabs, there's no question that hardware designers can
learn from each other's work as readily as software designers, and that
design elements taken from one chip could more quickly advance the
development of others. I'm hopeful that Sun's leadership in this area
will encourage similar moves from other players."