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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not the linux geek - but his relatives
by guidod on Tue 7th Jun 2005 00:05 UTC

Eugenia had some nice points in the article - but gone to the wrong conclusions. The OSX DE on-top-of a unixish system is really tempting the linux geeks but not for themselves - but as a good argument to push their relatives over to a unixish underpinning.

That will allow him to rebuild some of 'his' opensource tools easily and make it run in the cosy OSX desktop all around. Today it is a kind of hard for the supergeeks as the win32 environments are quite different - especially about customization of the internet access. The OSX happens to be somewhat in the middle of linux and windows administration tasks.

Perhaps some geeks will switch to OSX fulltime as well just to know the platform better in case a relative is calling in. But more likely it will let their neighbourhood to switch to OSX - those who are often dualbooting with win32 and linux (being mostly in win32) might come to dualboot win32 and OSX (being mostly OSX).

And just a note from the real life - I have seen many students at the university who were running linux on a dozen boxes at home and running around with a powerbook in classes. The Mac OSX will be very welcome by the linux geeks - as an add-on to their life allowing them to squeeze out some parts that were left to win32 platforms.