"What impressed me was the 'and' logic going on. These
guys don't see OS X as a Linux competitor. 'The more you know about
Linux the better you can understand what's happening at the
foundation of OS X,' one guy told me. 'OS X is a desktop UNIX that
drives a lot of devices. It likes Linux servers, and it likes Linux
devices. It even likes Linux desktops. Vice versa too. There isn't
a problem here.'"
One commercial software guy had another interesting thing to
say: "Apple doesn't have absolute control of its developer
community, and it's not trying to take over the world. As a
Microsoft developer, you've got this huge gravitational field to
contend with, plus the fact that they want to lock everybody in.
This creates a much different mood."
There's another difference. Microsoft often talks about its
"right to innovate." Even if we grant that Microsoft does innovate
on some things, its reputation is quite otherwise. Not so with
Apple. When Steve Jobs listed nine Apple "innovations" over the
last year (the slide on the left), it's hard not to grant the
company a high degree of originality, even if one protests the
company's proprietary tendencies."