Much has been made of the recent announcement that Apple is going to start using Intel CPUs. For the most part people think that this is either pretty cool, or no big deal, depending on where you sit.
Many people seem to think that, particularly with the advent of the new Mac Mini, this may cause more people who were previously staunch Windows users to consider moving over to Apple. The thinking goes like this: the Mac Mini is a box much like the boxes which Windows people are used to buying – you buy a box, and you add on your own monitor, keyboard, mouse, and printer. And it’s priced to compete with Windows boxes.
Now in addition to familiarity of form, there is familiarity of name. Windows users will get not only the same familiar form factor, but the name Intel inside.
Others think that this whole thing is a tempest in a teapot, and no big deal.
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However, there are a few people who see neither – instead what they see is a possible death knell for the Linux desktop.
While the arguments to this end are a bit unfocused, the main gist seems to be that up until now Macs were a very minority player in the fight for desktop mindshare – and so while Windows was the clear winner there, Linux still had a stake in the game. Now with the potential for Mac to become a genuinely viable alternative in the desktop market, using the Intel processor, the Linux desktop may not stand a fighting chance.
I don’t buy it. The people who were likely to turn to Linux will still understand why they should consider turning to Linux. Those who don’t now still won’t.
There are some hardware issues which this move by Apple to Intel inside may make more difficult for Linux, but overall Aunty thinks that this is another tempest in the same teapot.
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