Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Feb 2006 14:15 UTC, submitted by subterrific
Mac OS X Apple had their pick of kernels when transitioning from OS 9 to OS X, and they chose to create their own kernel based on Mach 3.0. Was that really the best decision or did Apple make a huge mistake? At the time Linux was gaining support and developing rapidly, while development on Mach had pretty much ended two years earlier. This article makes a case for Apple using the Linux kernel in a future version of the Mac OS.
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RE: No reason to switch
by subterrific on Sun 26th Feb 2006 19:03 UTC in reply to "No reason to switch"
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You're right, I don't offer enough reasons for Apple to make the switch. I sort of gloss over what I consider the biggest advantage: the enterprise market. Apple has shown interest in the market with Xserve and Xserve RAID, but for the enterprise to take Apple seriously, they're going to need a lot more support. Linux has that support and performance now. Businesses spend way more money than consumers, so this is a market that has huge revenue potential for Apple, especially now that they've got a decent partner (Intel) for producing high-end machines in volume.

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