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I’m a Linux advocate. I always want Linux to win. But, I refuse to lie to myself when it comes to Apple’s potential with Mac OS X.
OS X for Intel would change the PC landscape like no other operating system has or could. Apple should open-source their operating system, port Openoffice.org to Aqua and bundle it for Intel PC’s.
Why? OS X is a stable and secure platform and offers the proprietary multi-media applications lacking in Linux. Reports of OS X for Intel indicate it performs well, has a great interface and provides a better overall experience than Windows. Some say the experience is vastly improved.
With Microsoft Vista barrowing heavily from the OS X look and feel, why wouldn’t someone want the original? Apple could do a number of things with Aqua. Keep it proprietary and sell it, if you must. Or open it up and let the open source development community give users lots of great applications.
Sell Aqua for Linux and people would buy it in droves. Make a media player for it and you will sell that too. You have nothing but revenue looking you in the eyes.
Apple could continue to bundle OS X with their hardware and they would increase their hardware sales. Continue to offer high-end hardware solutions and Apple won’t be able to keep up with demand. People will consider the value of OS X and purchase Apple hardware justifying the premium with the $300 software savings and the value of higher end hardware.
Make OEM deals that force the existing PC vendors to pay top prices for OS X. They’ll pay you simply because they cannot afford to pass up the opportunity they would lose otherwise.
Would I spend more money for a great Apple computer? I already have. I bought a Cube when OS X was in beta.
We wanted the Studio Monitor, keyboard and mouse, sound system and the designer looks. Oh, the Cube eventually died, but we kept everything else, connected it to an Intel Pentium 4 box and run SUSE 10 on that system. Give me OS X and I’ll install that without blinking.
My next purchase? A PowerBook with OS X. I’d then keep this IBM Thinkpad for emergencies and if I could, I’d dual book it with OS X and Linux.
What about Linux?
I would still run Linux where I could. I’d probably run it on Apple hardware. That’s correct, I would buy an Apple Server and run Linux on it as my web service platform. If Red Hat ported their RHEL 5 to the Apple platform, that would be my solution.
Linux developers would have a chance to make some money porting 17,000 packages to OS X, servicing them and selling them. Because, enterprises would move to Apple within a moment’s notice and without hesitation. Apple’s eco-system would grow and Apple would prosper like never before.
In spite of Apple’s proprietary stand, many Linux developers including Linus, have empathy for the Mac. Given the choice between an iBook and any Intel based Laptop, Apple usually wins. Given the opportunity to offer Apple, the channel would beg.
People use Windows begrudingly. They use Microsoft products because they have to use them. Give them an alternative and they switch.
Last week’s rejection of Steve Job’s offer to provide China with software for the MIT Children’s Notebook should have opened some eyes. Even with the superior interface and the special applications, China chose to stay with Linux. It makes one wonder why isn’t won’t riding the horse in the direction it’s going.
In the age of commodity hardware, Apple can adapt and win big.
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