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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My Assessment - It's A Wash
by Richard Steven Hack on Tue 7th Jun 2005 04:15 UTC

No change.

Apple remains a niche player (or gains a couple percentage points) with a new CPU platform.

Apple cannot compete with Dell or HP (and almost certainly not Lenovo once they get fully in the game) on price, inventory, and probably not on service (in terms of the number of customers they can handle compared to the larger companies.)

OSX is locked in to their hardware - even if it becomes cracked, that won't help the average user that doesn't run cracked software (unless Apple decides to OSS it.)

Linux will continue to innovate faster than Apple can, and OSX will run Linux stuff later than Linux, which means catch up.

While OSX has the best user interface, I have yet to see anyone PROVE that it is THE best operating system in ALL respects - especially in comparison to Linux.

Linux is not likely to be seriously affected by this - or at most have its rise delayed by a couple percentage points over the next five or ten years.

My prediction is just as valid as the article's prediction. In other words, wait and see.