SAQ wrote:DG, Control Data -> dead.
where do you get that lineage? Data General went to EMC. there are a lot of DG'ers around that would disagree they are dead.
maybe the server business is dead, it died long before the acquisition. however, their storage business is still hot.
edit: oh, you meant DG AND
CD are BOTH
dead. still... DG; not!
but it is true all the unix platform guys are gone, and HP and IBM are the refuge for the surviving members HP-UX and AIX. but it's a small part of their business, to lose it would only cost them customers
DG makes perepherals, yes, but no longer computers. I guess you could say that CDC is still around as well - split between Seagate and BT, but they really can't be said to make computers either.
But it's not just UNIX platform guys that are dead (we still have SCO after all!) - it's more of a mindset that's dead. The last burst of more unfettered innovation seems to have flickered out in the '90s with Itanium (I wonder if that will be the last new electronic computer architecture designed?) and I suppose Windows NT, Plan 9, or possibly NeXTSTEP in the O/S space.
The '60s and '70s must have been exciting to be in from a computing standpoint, with so many new approaches. Of course keeping in mind the caveat that few could afford to play around on the machines then.
It'll be interesting to see how development goes from here, since ideas used to usually filter down from the high end, and the high end is considerably shrinking.