Yep, Sun kept their promise and released the full chip design for their latest Sparc CPU under the GPLv2. You need a SPARC system with (expensive) commercial software to do anything with the design, but I still think this is a pretty significant moment.
I’m very much looking forward to what will come out of this. The chip as such is pretty amazing (32 threads, 64 bits!) – I can only dream of what people will do with the design. This could be our ultimate defense against all the DRM crap Intel & co are pushing down our collective throats. I certainly wouldn’t mind running Debian or Ubuntu on one of those puppies.
Still one more day in Switzerland – I’m heading back to Boston on Thursday. It’ll be a busy next few weeks between my brother and his wife visiting, the FSF annual membership meeting, and Linuxworld. And a short (business) trip to Berkeley thrown in as well for good measure