"The grass gets trampled when the elephants fight. Apple
Computer's snarky ad campaign urging people to switch from
Microsoft Windows machines to Apple's Macintosh computers probably
won't put a dent in Windows sales. But it could mean serious
trouble for the effort to put the Linux operating systems on home
and corporate desktops.
Linux, a cheap, highly compatible substitute for the advanced
Unix operating system, has seized more than a quarter of the market
for heavy-duty server computers. But at most, 2 percent of desktop
users are running the software, partly because it's notoriously
difficult to use.
"That makes Apple's Mac OS X operating system at least as much
of a challenge to Linux as it is to Microsoft. Mac OS X is Unix,
but with Apple's elegant user interface bolted on. Scientists at
places like NASA are unplugging their old Unix workstations and
replacing them with Macs. How long before Linux desktop loyalists
abandon the digital wrestling match and switch to Apple as
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