Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2005 20:49 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The news that Apple is going to switch to Intel processors shook up the computing world. Many users and developers were eager to publish their opinions on the switch. However, one group of people were totally neglected during all this: resellers. Today, we feature an interview with Wim Schermer, first Dutchman to own a Mac (in 1984), and co-founder of one of the biggest Apple retail stores in The Netherlands, MacSupport. We discuss the switch to Intel, and much more.
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RE[2]: Mac & Linux
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 00:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Mac & Linux"

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I didn't see his comments as "playing Linux down". He's right in the sense that "why dual boot if you already have a UNIX system".

In the same machine, OS X "feels" faster than Linux.

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RE[3]: Mac & Linux
by Anonymous Penguin on Fri 5th Aug 2005 00:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Mac & Linux"
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2005-07-06

"He's right in the sense that "why dual boot if you already have a UNIX system"."

Simply because not all "Unix" are the same. Example: install Debian and you have immediately up to 20.000 packages available for free.
So: Mac OS? Yes, of course, else why buy a Mac. Linux? Why not?

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RE[4]: Mac & Linux
by Marlor on Fri 5th Aug 2005 00:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Mac & Linux"
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2005-07-09

"Simply because not all "Unix" are the same. Example: install Debian and you have immediately up to 20.000 packages available for free."

Well, install Fink on OS X and you have access to most of those packages anyway.

That said, I think there is certainly a place for GNU/Linux on Mac hardware, but the point Wim was making in the article is that your average user wouldn't have a need for it (and would probably mess up their computers trying to install it), so he doesn't market it at his stores, which is fair enough. If techies have a need for Debian, they can easily download the ISOs anyway.

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RE[4]: Mac & Linux
by melgross on Fri 12th Aug 2005 16:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Mac & Linux"
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2005-08-12

Mostly terrible packages from the standpoint of general usability, thats why.

On the desktop, Linux is still a hobbyist OS.

the difference is that with OS X the computer can be your hobby, with Linux the OS must be your hobby.

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RE[3]: Mac & Linux
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 02:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Mac & Linux"
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Mac OS X doesn't always feel faster under Linux. On my machine, it typically feels much slower. But that was because I typically ran a leaner Linux installation which better suited my needs anyway.

The second point is that the typical Unix distribution will offer a greater number and more current packages than Mac OS X. Sure, stuff will compile and run under Mac OS X but I don't want to waste time doing that.

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RE[3]: Mac & Linux
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 16:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Mac & Linux"
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"But, there aren't many good applications for the Linux desktop. You can't really do anything with it as an individual or small company."

It sure sounds like he's playing down desktop linux here, or just willfully ignorant.

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