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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Re: missing some points By Anonymous
by gwen on Mon 6th Jun 2005 23:37 UTC

Linux is free (as in beer and speach).

Linux can run on a vast amount of hardware.

Apple has a closed set of hardware that is allowed for OSX to run on.

Linux may be free, but Linux has a lot of things to work out that the community is not directly addressing. If you want people to migrate to Linux, it needs to have a higher level of usability, a better GUI, and importantly a better installation method that can be used on all flavors of Linux. All of this has been addressed by OS X.

The problem with installation is that it is very difficult and/or time consuming to install software on GNU/Linux. You might argue that it is not the case with apt/yum and other repository installed programs. Sure it's easy to do install using those methods, but try it without a repository.

People don't want to wait for the next software to be available on repositories. They want it now. They want ease of of installing and uninstall software. No fiddling and wondering if everything is setup correctly in their Linux distro. The distros are very scared of an universal installer since they feel their distro won't be special enough without their repositories.

It is no wonder why PC-BSD is addressing this problem and why a college in Melbourne, Australia dumped Debian for OS X. And also it is not surprising why there are less commercial software developers crossing over to Linux. You might argue that Adobe has acrobat, but try letting a new or average user install that without a repository. It's a nightmare.

OS X provides the simplicity, usability, security, and functionality of an operating system that just WORKS!

When Apple comes out with the Intel based computers, you can bet I'll be buying one.

Linux can be better, but the GNU people are very stubborn. You can have it all, but refuse it because you feel your distro won't be special anymore.