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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Well i for one..
by Kirtis Bakalarczyk on Tue 7th Jun 2005 03:14 UTC

Well i for one won't be "switching" away from Linux. I quoted that because i already have a Mac (with 10.3) and a PC. I like my iBook and I like OS X but I have a hard time believing people who claim that OS X is leaps and bounds above (for example) Ubuntu -- it really isn't. There's some nice little touches in OS X, but nothing that can't be done in Linux too.

The Apple cheerleaders like to assume that OS X will always be "ahead" of Linux, but i don't think there's a lot of room for improvement in OS X--it's about as good as the current desktop metaphor is going to get.

I think in the future we will look back on this as the time when open source development really started to come into it's own. We've got a wealth of tools, libraries and languages on which to build the next generation of open source apps. The pinnacle of desktop operating systems as they are right now is not very far away, and what will developers do once we reach this point? Well, then our minds are free to wander.. ;)

In summary, don't count Linux out of the race now; we're just getting warmed up.