2005/08/01 Apple Macintosh more popular than I thought
news.yahoo.com/ s/mc/applemaking biginroad sinbusiness withosx
(link dead, sorry)
on the growing popularity of desktop Macs in business. It really
surprised me to read:
The report found that in businesses with 250 employees or more, 17 percent of the employees were running Mac OS X on their desktop computer at work. In Businesses that had 10,000 or more employees, 21 percent of employees used Mac OS X on their desktop work computer.
A lot of this is surely Macs replacing Unix desktops rather than Windows, which probably means most of this is engineering or other technical people - people who wouldn't use Windows anyway. Putting Macs on those desktops isn't surprising, but I was surprised by the percentages. They seem high to me..
But never mind: it's good to see Macintosh gaining traction. The survey company also says that companies that were considering Linux are buying Macs instead. That probably bothers some Linux fans, but consider that keeping Windows out gives more credibility to Linux later or for other apps. As I've said elsewhere, the coming switch to Intel CPU's may offer the possibility of running Linux under virtualization on Macs, and a Mac user is much more likely to do that than a Windows user would be. So it's not necessarily all bad news for Linux, either.
(Addendum 8/1) I had to add some more text because at least one reader here assumed I was unaware of things like Yellow Dog Linux. Yes, of course there are native Mac ports of Linux. However, these are often not current, and there is definitely not the wide choice of distribuutions that are available on Intel. If we have the ability to run native Linux and native Windows, and native whatever other "hobby" Intel OS you like, I think that makes Apple Macintosh an incredibly attractive box.
I agree with Drag's comment below that Linux has problems on the desktop. I know that offends some Linux folk, but the reality is that the Macintosh desktop is smoother and less troublesome for the naive user. As I said above, I don't see Mac as a threat to Linux; I see it as helping folks get away from Windows and, once we have Intel, possibly introducing them to Linux by way of their Macintosh use.
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