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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RE: My two cents
by Rohan Beckles on Tue 7th Jun 2005 17:28 UTC

I agree with you on most of your points there. I too would have picked AMD instead - not only is their CPU architecture fairly stable, they absolutely cane Intel chips.

I don't think games will save Apple though. Windows is the dominant PC gaming platform, and already uses commodity hardware (ATI, nVidia). Apple can't offer anything extra.

I think Apple's workstation will be a failure, reminiscent of the Intel-based SGI Visual Workstations (remember them?). The only thing that might save Apple is application exclusivity, but that's a fairly thin wedge these days, and may get even thinner.

Without an exclusivity agreement, it wouldn't take much for Photoshop and Premier to find their way onto Linux, giving those application vendors a widening market. You could soon see the likes of BOXX Technologies selling Adobe-based DCC workstations, workstations that now run a stable OSS operating system.

Apple themselves remind me of a small version of SGI - hanging on for dear death as best they can...:-(