One of my journalistic pet peeves
Journalists who don’t do their homework, relying instead on worn out clichés.
Todays peeve comes from an interview with Jonathan by Gavin Clarke.
The paragraph in question is
As such, Schwartz indicated spending precious R&D on commoditized or expensive hardware is on the way out for Sun – in at least some areas (NAS and storage apparently excepted.)
The company has, of course, come in for heaps of criticism for channeling dollars into its proprietary Unix hardware, and software, architecture with UltraSPARC and Solaris while the world has moved to “commodity” Intel and AMD hardware running Linux and Windows.
Proprietary is clearly not the right word to use here.
He makes reference to UltraSPARC and Solaris as being “Proprietary”
Come on Gavin, you can do better than that.
SPARC is one of the very few cpu architectures out there that is actually not proprietary. Go ask AMD how open Intel’s architecture is.
For more than a year now, Solaris has been licensed under the OSI approved CDDL, making it also open.
In no way, shape or form can you truthfully refer to either as proprietary.
Gavin, as a journalist your job is with words. One would expect you to be able to choose them a little more appropriately.