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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Microsoft's Evil Plan ...
by Anonymous on Tue 7th Jun 2005 01:22 UTC

1. Microsoft can't figure out how to effectively fight Linux and other OSS/Free software because there is no one company to attack and destroy.

2. Apple moves to X86 hardware.

3. OS X is hacked to run on commodity hardware.

4. Drivers for various bits of hardware are contributed by the OSS crowd (lifted from Linux & the *BSDs). A huge community begins to grow around OS X, siphoning away Linux' supporters and coders.

5. OS X becomes the new alternative/geek OS of choice -- that is, the new Linux. Apple officially pretends to condemn the underground spread of OS X, as Microsoft now pretends to condemn the warezing of Windows (for home use), but does nothing substantive to stop it.

6. Those who don't want to use Windows but could never get comfortable with Linux because of lack of commercial app support, ease of use, etc., now have a viable non-Windows OS with plenty of apps: MS Office, all the Adobe-Macromedia stuff, etc.

7. Desktop Linux flounders and eventually joins BeOS in the software graveyard. Linux supporters post often at OSNews, whining about how desktop Linux never got a fair shake and how, one day, it'll be relevant again. Really. One day ... In the meantime, back in the real world, Red Hat and Novell focus entirely on delivering server apps and highly specialized desktop and point-of-sale operations. The lesser distros begin to wither and die.

8. The growing Linux threat to Microsoft's desktop monopoly is soon gone. In its place is Apple, a single company, a corporate entity just like Microsoft.

9. Facing a real, gathering threat and shrinking desktop market share, Microsoft is able to finally take the gloves off now that it finds itself free from the dreaded "monopoly" label.

10. Microsoft, facing its own doom, systematically obliterates Apple and there's nothing anyone can do about it except admire their style and gnash their teeth in frustration.

11. PROFIT!!