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ComputerWorld: It's No Mac World; Linux has taken the Mac's corporate underdog role

Jan 09, 2001, 19:01 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hall)

"...IT professionals will have almost no sessions to attend at this week's event in San Francisco. In fact, the first course offered to "Mac Managers" is called "Linux for the PPC." That sums up the situation for the venerable Macintosh as the alternate operating system in corporations these days. No longer is it considered the long-shot underdog among the fire-breathing opposition to anything from Microsoft. Linux now plays that role."

"Apple's confused server OS strategy (another color-coded mystery that devolved into something called "X" or "10" by supporters) hobbled the company just as Linux was making inroads into IT shops. And Linux servers run things IT really wants, such as Internet applications. Mac servers run, well, file and print services for Macs, which Windows and Linux do just as well. Today, there's no reason for IT managers to consider the Mac in their product plans, which is appropriate since Apple doesn't think of them either."

"What will become of the Mac then? It could possibly offer the best user interface on Linux. That should make Macworld Expo's "Linux for the PPC" class a sellout."

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