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Old 04-15-2003, 03:11 PM   #1
Paul Parr
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MacOS X coming to x86 systems!

I have read on Apples website that they are working on converting the MacOS X over for use on x86 systems.

I wonder if they are evolving a strategy for over taking the M$ dominated market?

First they merged their OS with Unix based BSD, and now this...perhaps they have a plan. They must realize that Linux has been making a lot of noise lately in relation to Windows, and that their own hardware is having trouble keeping up with the x86 market. Apple hardware has been slower and more expensive.

I also read that Adobe as of late has atated that the x86 platform is preferred over the Macs PPC platform simply because of the shear horsepower and rapid evolution.

I wonder what would happen if Apple decided to Open up their OS to Multi processor platforms like x86. I think it would help boost Apple's status in the competative OS market for sure.

Should M$ be nervous? What would this mean to Linux distros?
Old 04-15-2003, 03:31 PM   #2
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Apple and Motorola

I read somewhere that Apple thinks that Motorola is lagging too far behind Intel in hardware development. Apple may be thinking of moving from Motorola CPUs to Intel.
Old 04-15-2003, 08:14 PM   #3
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I use mac osx on my G4 Cube at home. It is a great OS and now with the addition of the X11 window manager, it can run most X11 programs when compiled correctly for the PPC platform.

I don't really think Apple will release a boxed version of Mac OSX for garden variety x86 machines. They may however change their platform to x86 based processors. The speeds of Mac hardware is not that great of a real world difference from PC hardware but I feel that is because there aren't many programs that can use as much horsepower as intel based cpus pump out. Apple has always made very nice hardware. x86 could be just what they need to bring up the performance.

On a side note, the Darwin kernel which Mac OSX is based upon has already been ported to x86 processors! (although hardware support is severely lacking) I guess the only thing really left is to port the window manager (Finder) and you have Mac OSX on x86!


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