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Mac OS X vs. Linux: Could Apple Take a Bite Out of the Penguin?

Apr 05, 2001, 16:23 (58 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chuck Toporek)

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"On March 24, Apple Computer, Inc. released its next-generation operating system, Mac OS X (the "X" is pronounced as "ten," for the version number of the operating system) to Mac addicts around the world. While this isn't such a big deal to some, others view it as a new beginning that could squash all thoughts of a desktop Linux for the general public. "

"What's this, "Apple out-maneuvering Linux?" you say? Well, maybe not as a server platform for the immediate future, but just think about this for a second: Would it be possible for Apple to deflate the hopes and dreams of developers worldwide of bringing Linux to the desktop? The short answer to this is yes, but it's more complicated than that."

"Aside from the fact that an apple is a fruit and a penguin is a flightless waterfowl, there used to be a big difference between the Apple Macintosh operating system and Linux. Apple had a nice GUI, Linux did not. Linux had a command line, Mac OS did not. Linux is a multitasking OS that supports multiple processors, Mac OS is not. Linux runs on just about anything these days, and the Mac OS is limited to running on, well, Apple equipment. Linux is free (well, sort of, depending on your method of install), and Mac OS X will set you back $129."

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