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osViews: Where is My "Made for Linux" Computer System?

Dec 31, 2003, 03:36 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Dingus)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Lately I found myself doing a lot of thinking about Apple computer. Frankly, the Mac running OS X seems especially attractive as compared to the average PC, no matter what operating system it happens to be running. Ask around, and you will find a lot of Mac users (not to mention more and more PC users) who will agree with you.

"Clearly the value proposition Apple brings to the marketplace goes beyond simple price and feature comparisons. The question on my mind, is how much of that can apply to the growing Linux marketplace? I have been running Linux for long enough now to wonder if the ability to run W.I.N.E.'s win32 API is even necessary anymore? As a matter of fact, I've come to believe that hardware targeted for Open Code would make more sense than that which is commonly referred to as 'open hardware.'

"Apple produces both hardware and software. Recently they also began to successfully leverage Open Code toward building more value into their products in a way that is both efficient and better suited to their relatively small, but loyal, share of the market. This synergy between hardware, operating system, and core application set allows the company greater control over the user experience than is currently seen in your typical PC. At the core, this is what Apple users will typically say is why they chose Apple rather than going with the flow. Put quite simply, Apple computers generally just work with a minimum of hassle compared to most other computers. Isn't this what most Linux users want also...?"

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