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osOpinion: How Apple could help Linux onto the desktop (and help itself in the process)

Apr 26, 2000, 06:16 (1 Talkback[s])
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"No, this is not another of those "Apple should base OS/X on Linux" articles. This is about cross-platform APIs. This is about paradigm shifts and knowing when to go with the flow."

"...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. Embrace one of the emerging Open Source API's, 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."

"Why would this be good for Apple? Because people want to support the Mac and can't. With Apple's mainstream credibility, commercial developers might actually come on board in a big way. Reach critical mass, and there will be no stopping it. Once it's just a re-compile, all kinds of applications will start showing up on the big 3 platforms. Other platform vendors will be forced to come on board to share those benefits."

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