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osOpinion: OS X on x86

[ Thanks to Kelly
McNeill
for this link. ]

“While some in the Macintosh community may see no technical
advantage to supporting x86 architecture, I doubt most Microsoft
Windows users would have any question about the advantages. Another
operating system running on their platform of choice with some
30,000 plus applications could only benefit them. Even if many
chose to stay with their present OS, competition would encourage
Microsoft to improve its operating system.”

“PC users would more likely ask the question, “is this
technically possible?” The good news is that with Mac OS X
(pronounced “Ten”), there is no technical reason to prevent
it.”

“The technology that makes this possible can be found in Apple’s
Darwin project. For those who haven’t heard of it, Darwin is
Apple’s Open Source project. It is the BSD UNIX layer of
Apple’s Mac OS X, which allows anyone to port Darwin to any
platform.
It is an Open Source operating system in its own
rite with its own future and which has numerous projects by
volunteers around the world. Darwin already has X-windows graphical
user interface environment running on it, and has allowed QuickTime
server to be ported by volunteers to LINUX. I believe Darwin will
prove to be one of the most exciting projects to come out of Apple
in years.”

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