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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Geeks do the geek thing, non-geeks will do the other
by BeastOfBurden on Tue 7th Jun 2005 01:14 UTC

I'm a die hard Linux user who appreciates Macs and tolerates Windows, but this news, while a blow to IBM and a boost to Intel, doesn't really mean much.

Windows users now have two reasons to consider a Mac:

1) Less Viruses
2) They can still run Windows.

The obstacles to this being compelling are as follows:

1) Learning OS X's interface (Where's the "Start" button?)
2) Apps that don't migrate to OS X (the list is getting shorter all the time, but this is a big sticking point)
3) Price (both the hardware itself and the cost of upgrading to new versions of OSX - at least Windows doesn't charge for SP1 or SP2).
4) Users are stil locked in to a proprietary OS vendor (and now hardware as well).

Schools that used to use Macs and switched to PCs will like this development, because they now have a plausible upgrade path back to Macs.

Linux will remain a niche player, because it will only appeal to the small population of users that don't want to be tied down to a particular vendor or hardware platform, and that have the technical expertise to install and maintain it themselves.