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Linux.com: How Apple Could Help Linux on the Desktop

May 03, 2000, 00:16 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Yampolsky)

"No, this is not another of those "Apple should base OSX on Linux" articles. This is about cross-platform APIs. This is about paradigm shifts and knowing when to go with the flow...."

"My point: in your average software development shop, Windows is a given as platform number 1. Platform number 2 is still the Macintosh. We'll add Linux for extra credit. The problem: porting to the Mac is essentially a rewrite, and for that reason, many (most?) shops rarely get around to it. You want proof? I just came from a large NYC Barnes and Noble, where I could not find a single book on Macintosh programming. Come to think of it, there were several on Linux, KDE and GTK programming, so Apple might not remain platform number 2 for long."

"That's Apple's problem as much as mine, and they're in the best position they've ever been in to solve it. Why? Because the industry is crying out for a cross-platform API. Java has whetted their appetites, but hasn't come through. So here's what you do Steve. Apple could embrace one of the emerging Open Source APIs, and port it to the Mac."

"Why Open Source? Because the only other choice is to support somebody else's proprietary API and that won't work -- ask IBM."

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