I’m guessing we’re not going to hear much about porting Mac OS X to Intel chips for quite some time, if ever.
Why? Well, the G5 Mac is already powered by the right processor — the 64-bit IBM PowerPC 970, and if IBM has its way, OS X’s older brother, Linux, will be joining the party in greater numbers too.
Two interesting articles caught my eye tonight. The first, IBM Eyes Big Year for Linux on PowerPC on InternetNews.com, says: “IBM refused to comment but there are hints the company will extend the tendrils of its PowerPC chip architecture further into its BladeCenter, possibly spreading the architecture to the iSeries, pSeries and other server lines.”
This is followed (later in the article) with a quote by Redmonk Senior Analyst James Governor, “Anybody who doesn’t think the PowerPC is a platform is an architecture that IBM is not fully committed to bring to the industry better think again,” Governor said. “IBM may support Itanium, but it is not going to cede the market to Intel.”
Then I read a cool piece by David Mertz, Ph.D., Linux on Mac: a POWER programmer’s primer. Dr. Mertz makes an solid case for running Linux on the PPC, and he includes lots of great detail about how to make it happen… now.
If Linux users begin to take a serious look at the new PowerPC, all sorts of good things can happen for IBM, Apple, and others who support the work going on in East Fishkill, New York.