Linked by Andrew Youll on Sat 4th Feb 2006 14:31 UTC
Apple Apple has confirmed that it's taken the number one spot in the western European education market. Apple's education market share in western Europe is now 15.2 per cent, relegating Dell, with 14.7 per cent, to second place.
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RE[3]: Interestingly enough
by MysterMask on Sun 5th Feb 2006 14:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interestingly enough"
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What's good for Apple is not necessarily good for us.

But what's good for Microsoft, Dell etc. is not necessarily good for us, too. So why should we buy into an OS monopoly?

What about Windows, you will ask? [..] It is bad enough that we have a closed OS.

Most parts of OSX are open source. So what about Windows?

At least however it leaves you free [..] your hardware can be used for something else if you feel like it,

And with Mac's, you can't? *LOL*

1. You're freedom is limited by driver support on each side of the "fence". Since there's less different hardware configurations on Apple, it might be easier to get a proper driver for Mac hardware..

2. Why can't you use Mac hardware not for something else? I started using Linux on my Mac in about 1997 (possibly 1998, I don't remember that well). I installed BeOS on the same hardware, too. Then there's BSD, etc. etc.

and open source software is available for it in large quantities.

You can compile most open source softare on Macs. Actually, if you look at OSS software not specially written for Windows, you need a good portion of luck and "hacks" like CYGWIN (or comparable solutions) to be able to compile/run them on Windows. E. g. I tried to compile an OSS ARJ tool for Unix in CYGWIN to be able to decompress ARJ archives on Windows without user interactions. It did not compile. ;)

Furthermore, the number of software titles is not related to the quality of the software and the usefulness for a given problem area/task/business.
(Having large numbers of - mostly boring - game titles available for Windows might be a selling point in the home user market but it's useless in the edu market).

Its not good, but its more open than Macintosh.

You're measure of "openness" is quit limited by you're personal choices, it seems ..

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