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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Don't Buy Linux on PPC Stock
by enloop on Mon 6th Jun 2005 22:36 UTC

At best, I think this is a wash for desktop Linux. The thing that is standing in the way of more desktops running Linux is the Linux desktop. It's pretty good and getting better. (I've used it for almost 10 years.) But, no matter how polished DE and Gnome might be, that polish is not enough to lure large numbers of users from Windows to Linux. It is, however, sufficient to not repel users who adopt Linux for reasons other than the quality of its desktop.

For desktop Linux to attract users who could care less about the other virtues of Linux, the Linux desktop needs to delivet something neither Windows or OS X deliver. I don't know what that is. I do know that being "as good as" the competition means no one has a reason to abandon your competition.

Meanwhile, the outlook for Linux on the PPC looks dim.

(I write this on a Mac Mini I purchased last week for lightweight home use. It replaced a big honkin' AMD Linux box because it is small, quiet, and doesn't double as a spaceheater. So far I don't miss Linux. The virtues of choice and open source don't count for much when all the machine does is surfing and email.)