osViews: Where is My "Made for Linux" Computer System?
Dec 31, 2003, 03:36 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Dingus)
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"Lately I found myself doing a lot of thinking about Apple
computer. Frankly, the Mac running OS X seems especially attractive
as compared to the average PC, no matter what operating system it
happens to be running. Ask around, and you will find a lot of Mac
users (not to mention more and more PC users) who will agree with
"Clearly the value proposition Apple brings to the marketplace
goes beyond simple price and feature comparisons. The question on
my mind, is how much of that can apply to the growing Linux
marketplace? I have been running Linux for long enough now to
wonder if the ability to run W.I.N.E.'s win32 API is even necessary
anymore? As a matter of fact, I've come to believe that hardware
targeted for Open Code would make more sense than that which is
commonly referred to as 'open hardware.'
"Apple produces both hardware and software. Recently they also
began to successfully leverage Open Code toward building more value
into their products in a way that is both efficient and better
suited to their relatively small, but loyal, share of the market.
This synergy between hardware, operating system, and core
application set allows the company greater control over the user
experience than is currently seen in your typical PC. At the core,
this is what Apple users will typically say is why they chose Apple
rather than going with the flow. Put quite simply, Apple computers
generally just work with a minimum of hassle compared to most other
computers. Isn't this what most Linux users want also...?"