I original saw the news thanks to Glyn Moody who linked to Yahoo! Finance. This really makes me uneasy, not Intel’s commitment to security which they should pursue. Rather it is the possibility that this could lead to anti-competitive practices. It would not be hard to imagine McAfee’s products evolving to make use of unpublished features on Intel cheaps or at least insider knowledge to work better than competitors in the space. It isn’t a monopoly or a trust and it isn’t traditional consolidation, either, but the possibilities still make me uncomfortable.
Does anyone have a read on how the embedded Linux and game development spaces may have been affected after they bought Wind River and Havok, respectively?