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“iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86”

“This is all very interesting, but I believe analysts and others are missing the big picture: iPod success paves the way for Mac OS X on X86. People have argued for years for and against the release of Mac OS X on Intel (and AMD) commodity hardware, but Apple derives such a large portion of its revenue from hardware that doing so could potentially damage the company beyond repair. But, what if Apple replaces that lost Mac hardware revenue with iPod revenue?

Steve Jobs would then be free to drop what amounts to a hydrogen bomb on Microsoft. Mac OS X that runs on “regular” off-the-shelf x86 hardware. Or partner with a Sony, for example - to insure quality. Years before “Longhorn” even comes close to shipping. Moo.”

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People - why does any of this really matter? Each system has their own merits/downfalls. NO system is perfect for everything - not Mac, Windows, Linux, BeOS. None of them!

Use what you need (or like) and quit slamming everyone else for their preference.

I love Macs. I love PC’s. My Mac crashes and so does my PC. (although both crash very, very rarely - I use Panther and Windows XP). I use PC’s at work for web design and Photoshop work. I use my Mac at home for music recording, Photoshop, web design, and video editing. I use my PC at home for games.

BTW, the PC people are right about one thing - it is a hell of a lot cheaper to purchase parts and build your own computer. I just built a new PC this weekend (for gaming) and I couldn’t be happier. And it cost me less than $1000 (P4 2.8, 1 gig of ram, video card, sound card, caae, and hard drive).

Posted by Chris on March 8, 2004 at 12:11 PM (PDT)

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Madness sheer madness, port OSX to intel and watch a company evaporate overnight. Rely on iPod sales to replace the lost hardware sales are some of you crazy intel people, don’t have a clue. Read my lips Apple makes great software and hardware, Microsoft releases buggy software every other week and it doesn’t make hardware.

Linux isn’t ready for primetime and I don’t think it ever will be not with OSX around.

I hope some of you people don’t run your own companies.

Switch to Intel, hell will freeze over more like.

Posted by glad1959 on March 8, 2004 at 6:49 PM (PDT)

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it will not happen.

Posted by nothingman on March 8, 2004 at 11:25 PM (PDT)

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From what I have read of previous comments, Apple users of OSX are just utter snobs.  But that’s ok, because they are in the minority, whereas well tuned Windows XP Professional systems with the latest service pack updates are in the majority.  I have nothing against Apple systems, I own a 40GB iPod, but I have found using their actual computer systems really tedious… dragging stuff to the “Trash” can, etc.  it could have been designed a WHOLE lot better IMHO.  But it’s horses for courses is it not?

As a regular computer user deciding between platforms, Apple offer highly expensive systems (they were recently slapped on the wrists for a misguiding ad campaign in Europe “Fastest PC in the world” anyone?) with little compatibility for the leading (or indeed any) software packages.  So Apple users who remain smug, pretentious etc. are nothing new.  It’s like a special little club with your special customised little boxes.  You massively underestimate the PC builders out there who continue to build highly effective machines that are compatible, stable, fast, and highly dynamic.

Basically, get off your high horse.  At the end of the day, next to nobody seriously uses Apple, so your argument is flawed from the outset.  All the main banking companies in the business sector usually use custom builds of NT/2000 etc.  I am not saying Apple don’t make good computers, or that X86 systems don’t have their flaws, but I would sooner use an Apple as a footrest than a serious computing device in this day and age.  That’s just the way things are.  Get over it.  Windows XP is a great OS and easily the equal of OSX from personal experience, unless you’re obsessed with having the little Apple symbol on everything you’re full of #### basically.

From an iPod/PC user.
Ally.

Posted by Ally on June 29, 2004 at 4:16 PM (PDT)

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