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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If like everyone is saying Apple will use openfirmware rather than the traditional BIOS, in order to allow Mac OS X only to run on Apple hardware, then Windows will not work. Windows currently requires drive information etc. from the BIOS.

I don't see them using OpenBoot - it would require a total re-write for Intel. I would say the most likely senario will be the adoption of a customised EFI by Apple; this will allow them to source video cards from more suppliers rather than them needing to virtually re-write the video BIOS from scratch as to get it to work with OpenBoot.

Coupled with PCI-Express and numerous other advancements, it should be an interesting site to see, how they get everything working.