- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 6 Sep 2002
Linux users say Mac OS X has future over Linux
Our recent story on IBM's 64-bit AltiVec aware PowerPC processor has sparked a lot of email. One reader has told us of a number of Linux users who are growing support of Mac OS X. A lot of this debate has come about over speculation as to what IBM has planned for a new Power4-derived 64-bit PowerPC -- which the company plans to introduce and talk about in October.
Will Mac OS X Prevail Over Linux? Some Linux Users Seem to Think So
In regards to what makes a platform successful and good -
There's a lot more to a desktop platform than just the OS; it's the entire infrastructure that matters. A solid desktop OS needs all manner of support from font foundries, file conversion utilities, installers and a general ability to open and work with documents across all other platforms in friendly fashion.
In general, my personal experience has been fairly grim when it comes to these issues. OS X provides an answer to all this that is so strong that the question of desktop Linux has gone from "How?" to "Why?" Those who like X86 boxes will slide glacier-like to Windows while the independent folks will tend to Macintosh, OS X and a mainstream Unix with a robust interface and mature applications. -- Del Miller, Aerospace Engineer
The Interface Conundrum: The Problem with Linux on the Desktop is the Interface -
Linux, and Unix interfaces in general are designed by committee. Large groups of people hashing, arguing, testing ideas, until they get the one that they can all agree on. Examples of this are: KDE CDE OpenWindows WorkPlace Shell Gnome Windows...
All of them horrid.
To design a good interface, you need talent, but you also need vision. Committees never have vision. They have meetings. --- John C. Welch
The Fallacy of Linux -
There's sort of a fallacy with LINUX. LINUX never has been, and never will be a viable consumer desktop. To be such, it would have to be designed for the consumer.
LINUX is what it has always been -- a reasonable implementation of a UNIX based operating system, that is not bad as a low-end server (that has grown into the mid-end -- and may someday grow higher). It is not a bad foundation to build a turnkey system for some enterprises to use (as turnkey solutions go. IBM?). But that is not the same as "consumer desktop.
The ultimate operating system is not a command line with a thin graphics shell on top. So, LINUX has never really been anything close to a desktop solution (let alone a consumer desktop solution) by anyone but the completely self-deluded. -- David K. Every
The UNIX Leader the Interface Leader - Mac OS X Has Both
One of Apple's greatest strategic strengths with Mac OS X is that it combines two strategic assets into one operating system. Being number one in UNIX and being number one with user interfaces is the killer combination.
OSX is already the unit leader in terms of a UNIX distribution, BUT... Other people that rely on UNIX (corporate entities et. al.) are learning that OS X IS ALREADY THE INTERFACE LEADER as well. And this is 12 months out of the gate. Jaguar looks to fix/improve many things... And in another 12-18 months, I think it will be the standard by which most UNIX's are measured... OSX delivers today on what LINUX has been promising for 10 years... --- David K. Every
Facts about Being the Number One UNIX Player
Last quarter Apple shipped 808,000 Macs with Mac OS X pre-installed. That's 8,879 Macs per day or 370 Macs per hour. To put that in some perspective, Intel shipped less than 2700 Intel Itanium-based computers in one whole year (last year)...and they called that a success!
If shipping one third of what Apple does in one day in one year is a successful product launch for setting up a new platform (IA64 - Itanium architecture 64) than clearly Apple is extremely successful in helping to set up the Mac OS X platform. Developers take notice!
If a company was planning to implement a new 64-bit (32-bit backwards compatible) enterprise ready UNIX platform and was shipping 323 times what Intel did with Itanium, wouldn't that constitute a HUGE threat to the rest of the UNIX and enterprise market? I think so, and that's what Apple is doing and why so many UNIX and Linux folks are starting to take notice.
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