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MacWeek: A doomed cause?

Aug 26, 2000, 21:10 (38 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Read)

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"Some key Linux developers, encouraged by the announcement of GNOME as the standard desktop environment for Linux and Unix, believe that Linux is poised to overtake the Macintosh as the primary challenger to Microsoft Windows. One, open-source advocate Eric S. Raymond, went as far as to describe the Mac platform as "a noble but doomed cause."

"The problem the Mac community has is this: While the Windows interface stinks on ice, it is just good enough from the point of view of the casual user to rob the Mac of its mass market and its future," Raymond told MacWEEK. "The Mac community has had five years to find a counter and failed. The Linux community, on the other hand, has gone from nowhere to a desktop market share comparable to the Mac's in three years flat. That's a pretty powerful appeal."

"Raymond pointed to Eazel, a company co-founded by three members of the original Macintosh team--Andy Hertzfeld, Bud Tribble and Mike Boich--that's developing a Finder-like file manager for Linux. "Andy Hertzfeld and the other old-time Mac developers on his team understand why Linux is burgeoning, and they want to be part of a winning team instead of the last defenders of a noble but doomed cause," Raymond said."

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