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's move into X86 architecture means absolutely nothing to current and future Linux users. I say that for a number of reasons:
1. Apple has a history of making these dramatic 'architectural' changes ever since the introduction of the Macintosh. As a former Apple user, I was caught TWICE (slow on the up-take) and had expensive near-new systems made obsolete and worthless overnight by such changes. This is one of the factors why people like me have been leaving the Apple community. Since moving to Windows/Linux, it has never happened.
2. Apple will probably install custom ROMs in their Intel hardware to stop people running OS-X on much cheaper hardware, so Apple will remain a more expensive option.
3. How many people purchase a MAC today because it runs on Power PC hardware? Not many I would guess. So the Intel hardware will not be a significant factor in the purchase decision.
4. There are generally good technical or financial reasons why one opts for MS Windows or Linux based systems. The decision to purchase an Apple MAC is generally made by the 'heart' - its a fashion accessory (like the iPod).
5. Look at OS-X, Windows XP and Linux (Ubuntu for example); where is the significant differences? They are all good GUI based operating systems. These days OS-X DOES NOT have an advantage over Windows or Linux.
6. Apple has continued to loose market share while Windows is stable or declining slightly and Linux is increasing. A change to Intel hardware WILL NOT alter this situation.

Apple still does not understand or know what it wants to be. Its best option is to get out of the PC systems business (unless it stays for home entertainment integration type systems) and concentrate on consumer products. It ought to concentrate on areas of smart design and innovation.