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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Apple, DRM, and Linux
by jjbianchine on Tue 7th Jun 2005 03:14 UTC

Understand this: Apple NEEDS to have hardware DRM succeed for this transition to work, period. Apple is a hardware manufacturer that maintains an OS for its hardware--not anybody else's. Steve is betting the company on DRM to force OS X on Intel to run only on Apple hardware. Apple can survive, but not solely on OS X sales.

Linux on the desktop is going nowhere different because of this announcement. Desktop adoption--still a race being run--may slow a bit as prospective users glance at the shiny new things bearing Apple logos. I expect that once the strings attached to these new things are discovered, the sort of brand loyalty that has steeled Apple through two decades will rapidly deteriorate.

Loyal people do NOT like being betrayed, and despite what can be argued as the inevitability of this platform transition, it will come off as betrayal. By staying free as in freedom, Linux will provide safe haven for these exiles.