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osOpinion: OS X on x86

Jan 06, 2000, 07:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Karl Roberts)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"While some in the Macintosh community may see no technical advantage to supporting x86 architecture, I doubt most Microsoft Windows users would have any question about the advantages. Another operating system running on their platform of choice with some 30,000 plus applications could only benefit them. Even if many chose to stay with their present OS, competition would encourage Microsoft to improve its operating system."

"PC users would more likely ask the question, "is this technically possible?" The good news is that with Mac OS X (pronounced "Ten"), there is no technical reason to prevent it."

"The technology that makes this possible can be found in Apple's Darwin project. For those who haven't heard of it, Darwin is Apple's Open Source project. It is the BSD UNIX layer of Apple's Mac OS X, which allows anyone to port Darwin to any platform. It is an Open Source operating system in its own rite with its own future and which has numerous projects by volunteers around the world. Darwin already has X-windows graphical user interface environment running on it, and has allowed QuickTime server to be ported by volunteers to LINUX. I believe Darwin will prove to be one of the most exciting projects to come out of Apple in years."

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