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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Net meaning is near zero
by BlahBlahBlah on Mon 6th Jun 2005 22:43 UTC

what is the number of users who will adopt the mac due to its adoption of x86 based strictly on this? very few i suspect.

not to say people won't drop the mac due to frustration with yet another lane change, but speaking strictly in terms of new adoptions, this is likely a non-event.

to me the real story approaching 2010 is the irrelevance of the OS. what can i do on a mac that i can't do on windows? by 2010 we will be saying the same with linux, the functionality of the software i want will likely be available on all of the platforms i am remotely interested in, which gives support to free platforms over time.

even apart from that, virtualization will make single-OS adherents another anachronism. for desktop apps (those very few apps that are not already on every platform), it will be a simple matter of firing up vmware 2010 or bochs or wine or pearpc or whatever.

thats the kicker for me, steve has just made pearpc projects much more viable. will be interesting to see where they go. needless to say you will be able to run mac, windows, linux, PS3 code etc on your 2010 PC, likely all simultaneously.