Linked by David Adams on Sun 22nd May 2011 02:26 UTC
Apple Mac sales in the enterprise during Apple's last fiscal quarter grew a whopping 66 percent, significantly outpacing the rest of the PC market, which grew just 4.5 percent in the enterprise. The data from Apple's previous fiscal quarter was highlighted on Friday by analyst Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company. He said though he originally viewed success in the enterprise as a "one-quarter blip," it now appears to be a "durable platform" for Apple.
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RE[2]: I am one
by ricegf on Sun 22nd May 2011 19:33 UTC in reply to "RE: I am one"
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Well, cross-compiles for us are certainly must faster on Linux than on Windows - but for targeting Windows itself, nothing we've found is faster than Visual Studio 2010. It's also among the fastest when you're just trying to "sanity check" a multi-megaSLOC C++ build with no particular target in mind - just checking algorithms and interfaces and such. We haven't tested on Mac yet, but I don't expect any speed records there - OS/X is famous for usability more than performance.

The "run" I referenced wasn't a build, though, but certain in-house "heavy" applications written in C++ and others in Java that implement business and engineering logic. When we get to certain hard real-time environments, of course, Windows is a non-starter, while some Linux products feature real-time extensions such as SLERT (nice!) that for us fit the bill better than embedded environments such as VxWorks.

Even though Windows 7 doesn't suffer the same insanity that afflicted Vista (sure, YMMV if you're a Vista fan - but we tested it thoroughly, and it was deployed only very lightly here to this day, so this is not just my opinion), I think we'll see more Mac and Linux pilots anyway. .Net is very nice, but cross-platform development is now well-understood and very efficient. There's no reason to enslave your corporate IT budget to Microsoft (or Oracle or Adobe) when you can leverage competition to manage pricing. It's just... prudent.

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