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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I feel dirty
by Anonymous on Tue 7th Jun 2005 06:31 UTC

Having just got a 12" iBook, just before tiger I am starting to get disapointed. As a student I have been unable to afford the upgrade and just as I am planning to get it (purely for XCode 2), they announce this. Now I am doubting OS upgrades near when I was planning the end of life for this laptop (07-08). As for now I am considering waiting for OS 10.5 and may upgrade then.

I have just been reading up on Objective-C and Cocca, but am starting to doubt the use in learning Mac specific APIs, because while they will be available on the x86 Mac I'm not sure that I will either be able to afford one or even want one.

As for how this will affect linux, well I expect that linux/ppc will get quite a boost as tons of people pick up old macs and turn them into linux boxen, so linux/ppc will surge for at least a short period.

For the longer term, I don't see this directly affecting linux, some of the users of linux may switch to MacOS but I would have expected most of them to have switched already. I think linux/BSD/* will continue improving until one day when it is "good enough" that it isn't really worth using anything else (probibly at least a decade away until it becomes a / the domenant platform). Considering the ammount of software that has already become standardized / Commoditized by Open Source one has to expect it to happen .... eventually.

I don't expect apple to be around forever in the PC market, purely because it is too much work for too little profit. I expect that apple will build a platform then exit the market and licence vendors to produce the machines for that platform OR make MacOS a generic x86 OS and make there major money on professional tools (Final Cut Pro, etc) and Web Services (iTunes).