"...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
"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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