Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 6th Jun 2005 22:01 UTC
Editorial Today's confirmation that Apple is going x86 makes today a historic day in the industry. It may mean that Microsoft might see a few percent decline of their market share the next few years, but what about Linux? If Linux were to lose an equal amount of share it would alter its spread to the desktop, a spread that has been very positive so far.
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I think it will help it
by theorz on Mon 6th Jun 2005 22:24 UTC

Personally it may effect it a bit in the short term but in the long term if apple manages to increase its market share it will help linux. The same goes the other way around more linux desktop market share is good for apple.

Having more people using non windows platforms forces developers to think interpolarity and that benifits all the small players. Though we like to focus on the little details, it is not the little details that is hurting linux it is the encumbered data. The same is true for apple. Most people I talk to still think that using a mac or linux box means they lose all of their data. Not only that they assume that they will not be able to exchange data with windows users. If apple/linux/anyone can get enough market share to change this perception/reality then it will benifit all of hte small players.