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Old 2016-02-05, 17:42   #8
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"Chris Halsall"
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Originally Posted by ET_ View Post
Would you mind to elaborate?

As much as I hate to say it, Intel has mostly won the assembly race. As in, most code is targeted to x86 (and this is coming from someone who hates x86; I much prefer 680x0 assembly (may it rest in peace)).

Even source code in C, C++ etc might not work under a different platform. This might be because of the build environment not being truly cross-platform, or because there are subtle bugs in the code which don't manifest under the most commonly used CPUs. Yes, this does mean the code is buggy, but most don't care -- they just want the code to work for them without hassle.

At the end of the day, my argument is that cloud computing providers need to provide x86 based virtual machines to (almost all of) their customers, or they're just not going to get traction.
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