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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Since OS X will only run on hardware blessed by Apple, the fact that Apple's hardware now uses an x86 CPU really isn't that important. There's still a barrier to entry, namely the requirement to purchase Apple hardware.

I use Linux myself for a number of reasons:

* it's a low cost solution.
* it runs on hardware I already own.
* specialized versions exist to solve my specific problems.
* it's relatively free from corporate interests.

Apple's operating system doesn't address any of those things.