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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This is NOT good news from Apple...
by poke on Mon 6th Jun 2005 22:28 UTC

This switch is obviously a last resort thing. They didn't ditch IBM, IBM ditched them. IBM just couldn't see the financial sense in supporting such a small market player. For the next year they're going to be selling (PowerPC-based) computers that people are going to be very wary of buying. If their iPod business can't carry them they could take a huge hit financially. Anyone who thinks this switch is a positive business-wise is very naive. This is a very sad day indeed to be an Apple enthusiast.

As for the affect on Linux... Obviously it will be a negative for PPC Linux distros. I think we can be fairly certain that there isn't going to be a sudden surge in Mac sales because they're switching to x86 though; so other than that I don't see how it affects Linux at all.