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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Yo! L_I_P!
by glarepate on Fri 27th Jan 2006 20:39 UTC in reply to "True LOL"
glarepate
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2006-01-04

Subclaimer (doesn't rise to the level of an actual disclaimer): While I think it might be better to be on a first name basis and call you Linux I think for now just using your initials will do. ..d^;

I'm sure all of those people who just shelled out $1600 on a sexy new MacBook Pro will clamor to get Linux installed, in all its no-Airport Extreme, no-elegant-wifi, no-3D-acceleration glory.

You have a good point in that owners of new Macs aren't likely to be installing Linux en masse when they have a perfectly usable Unix based OS "in the box".

By the same token Linux exists for and is installed on SGI, SUN and IBM AIX boxes, just to name a few, for various reasons. While I haven't heard many extolling the elegance and usability of AIX the supporters of IRIX and Solaris have noted that putting Linux on those machines is, at the least, a trade-off. But some folks are obviously willing to make the trade-off to the point of having done the work themselves to get it ported.

You may want to consider that they could be laughing out loud that you are unable to conceive of why it would happen on a widely available, relatively inexpensive, when compared to Unix workstations and mid-to-mainframes, hardware like the MacBook Pro.

I agree that there isn't likely to be a flood of switchers and dual booters in the short run. But it's not impossible either. I also think that the new Macs will make wonderful portable workstations in the future when they will no longer be shiny new $1600 items and that the time to start making options available is now rather than later.

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RE: Yo! L_I_P!
by cipher on Fri 27th Jan 2006 22:22 in reply to "Yo! L_I_P!"
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2005-12-17

You make some valid points. However, Redhat is a business. How do they plan on making a return on their investment? How many Mac users will *pay* Redhat for being able to run Linux on their new Mac laptop. Will most of their target market pay for the distro or support? Has any desktop/laptop Linux distro made money from selling the distro or support? I mean actual revenue from sales and not IPO money.

Redhat has always made their money from support contracts. Their focus is the server market. I would think it would make more sense to focus their resources on that market to continue to grow. I just don't see very much revenue here. Then again, I'm not running a large business so maybe I'm missing something.

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