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:I think it will help it
by Uno Engborg on Mon 6th Jun 2005 23:41 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.

I agree. Especially since MacOS X only will work on Apple x86 boxes. We can assume thes new Intel Macs will be at least as expensive as x86 boxes with windows. If Apple succeds it is more likely to get customers from windows user that allready is willing to pay too much for software, than from Linunx users.

Besides, by the time these boxes hit the market,
the Linux user experience will be much better than today.
(not that it's bad now). Just like in MacOS-X, things will just work even in Linux.

If Apple get resonable success it will also spread
Unix awareness and knowledge. This will be good for Linux.