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[3]: Mac & Linux
by Anonymous Penguin on Fri 5th Aug 2005 00:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Mac & Linux"
Anonymous Penguin
Member since:
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"
Marlor Member since:
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[5]: Mac & Linux
by japail on Fri 5th Aug 2005 07:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Mac & Linux"
japail Member since:
2005-06-30

XNU does not have identical performance characteristics to alternative PPC operating systems that some may desire to use for certain server applications. Yep, that matters about next to nil for the vast majority of people that are going to buy a Mac.

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