Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jan 2006 21:18 UTC, submitted by Macino
Red Hat Imagine a world where you could run both Linux and Apple operating systems on the same high-performance Mac laptop. That day may be coming sooner than Mac fans think. Red Hat has confirmed it is pursuing the development of a Linux distribution for the new Intel-based Macs. Red Hat is no stranger to Macintosh - Fedora and other Linux distributions support the PowerPC architecture once used by Apple - but there are challenges to bringing Linux to the MacBook Pro. It appears the opportunities outweigh the challenges, though, with potential repercussions for Microsoft if the market clamors for Red Hat Linux-enabled MacBook Pros.
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by cipher on Thu 26th Jan 2006 22:30 UTC
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Wouldn't this be a complete waste of money and resources? I just can't see how they would generate very much revenue from this. I would think it would make more sense for them to partner with a low-end provider like Acer or Gateway to produce a Linux/Windows notebook.

Maybe I'm missing something.

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by WorknMan on Thu 26th Jan 2006 22:42 in reply to "Why??"
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You're probably right. Given that many Mac users say they love Macs because 'it just works', I'm not sure how many of them would have an interest in Linux.
On the other hand, people looking to jump ship from Windows will probably head for Linux as their first alternative, because that option is cheaper when you can run the OS on hardware you already have.

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by chekr on Thu 26th Jan 2006 23:51 in reply to "RE: Why??"
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"You're probably right. Given that many Mac users say they love Macs because 'it just works', I'm not sure how many of them would have an interest in Linux."

I think you are looking at this from the wrong angle, go to just about any linux event and have a look at how many people have a an ibook or powerbook burning up their lap. It is more a case of how many linux users have an interest in a mac than how many mac usrs have an interest in linux.

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by halfmanhalfamazing on Fri 27th Jan 2006 15:29 in reply to "RE: Why??"
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-------------Given that many Mac users say they love Macs because 'it just works', I'm not sure how many of them would have an interest in Linux.-----------

If that is your lone, and only qualifier I can very much see why they'd want to run linux.

It's only windows that suffers from non-"it just works" depending on how you look at it.

If you *never* connect to the internet then windows is just fine, but if you're internet bound you have to have this, that, and the other thing as protection otherwise "it just works" won't be working very long.

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by cilcoder on Fri 27th Jan 2006 04:11 in reply to "Why??"
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I have bought a new intel iMac(haven't got it yet) and I would be interested in being able to dual boot linux on it. Although, hopefully Ubuntu will have a compatible version, but my point is that there is definately a desire(atleast by me) to be able to boot linux. It would be useful for developing crossplatform-software(without virtualization) and using some linux only software.

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by Dark_Knight on Fri 27th Jan 2006 07:01 in reply to "Why??"
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The only reason I can see this being viable is for running Linux applications for x86 that are not yet ported to OS-X. Otherwise one would have to question how much revenue this can actually generate for Red Hat. Especially since Apple is working with third party developers to try and get support for applications ported from OS-X PPC to OS-X x86.

Anyway, if one wants an Intel Duo Core laptop they don't have to buy from Apple. Companies such as Dell and others are starting to offer Intel Duo Core laptops with a 17 inch display. Apple on the other hand locks their OS to EFI and their current laptops are only offered with a 15.4 inch display. Also, since Linux developers such as Red Hat already have an agreement with Dell and others maybe they should focus on companies which won't require additional expenses to the company.

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by ma_d on Fri 27th Jan 2006 07:11 in reply to "Why??"
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Nope. Because low-end manufacturers like to swap out parts as much as possible in order to stick with the lowest possible bidders.
Manufacturers like Apple will stick with a configuration for as long as 18 months!

This means port it now, and don't do it again for a good year.

Also, I imagine their firmware is vastly superior to the nightmare that is a typical ACPI implementation.

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by vikramsharma on Fri 27th Jan 2006 13:35 in reply to "Why??"
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The main reason would be that all the apps on Linux would run native on Intel Macs unlike OS X where most the apps would be running on top of Rosetta (ppc emulation). With X11R7 being released we would have hardware acclerated graphics which isn't all that bad. Enlightenment and xfce4 are pretty good desktops IMHO.

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