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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No effect what so ever...
by Papa Lazarou on Tue 7th Jun 2005 08:07 UTC

I don't see this news effecting Linux on desktops....

1) x86 folks who currently use Linux are happy to use it, mostly they complain, but they'd complain more if they had to purchase all the software, lol ;) ...no change.

2) x86 folks who currently don't use Linux might still switch from grey-box XP to Linux desktop. ...no change. (They do NOT have a third option of OSX on their grey box, not "officially".)

3) PPC folks who currently use OSX/PPC have a choice too, they can switch to YD Linux or one of the other PPC distis.
...Linux gain.

For new hardware there's also a choice :

1) Buy a Dell, run Linux, BeOS, BSD, XP etc
2) Buy a McIntel, run OSX

...and yes, of course the McIntel will be more expensive for essentially the same hardware, and yes it will be harder to justify the "difference".

Apple will make it very difficult to go beyond these choices, they don't want to compete with M$, and so they can't afford to allow grey-box built installs.

A more expensive McIntel will use Intel DRM'd CPUs on a Apple DRM'd OS, not such a good choice when compared against Linux and it's OpenSource goodness.