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Sunday, June 12, 2005

  It's the architecture... perhaps

OK, I was (mostly) wrong. So were a lot of other pundits. The number 8 computer manufacturer (Apple) is going to Intel. I don't have a lot more to say about it - except that I think this is going to be a 64 bit battle between Microsoft and Apple and Linux.

But it's not about 64 bits per se' - it's about a viable OS on a good architecture - one with 16 registers to play with, and no abnormal programming model (like the cell). Although I largely agree with Cringely's diagnosis, I disagree with one point - that this is a blow to Linux.

It's an opportunity for Linux - or it would be if the organizations producing desktop software for Linux take advantage of the gap in time,space, and money between Intel mac and 64 bit XP ASAP. I have grave doubts about that, with the principal driver (RedHat) distracted by it's enterprise computing drive, and the lesser players (IBM going cell, selling off it's PC division), (Novell burying Suse) (etc)...

If it comes down to Linspire vs Apple. In that fight, Apple would win hands down. Still the prospect of being able to run Linux, OS-X, and XP all on the same box on some sort of hypervisor makes me salivate a bit - getting the best of all worlds, on one box - has been a fantasy of mine ever since I started using vmware.

We'll see how it all turns out, but I gotta confess one thing. The future of desktop computing just got a lot more interesting.
 
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