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From: Tony Lawrence <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Where can I buy AIX for Apple PowerPC 8100? Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2002 07:10:04 -0500 Geoffrey wrote: > And you won't find IT/MIS staff recommending Macs, because they know > that they would be recommending themselves out of a job.
Well, no, that isn't why. The reasons are much more complex, and different folks would give different weight to different factors. Personally, I'd ascribe most of it to Microsoft's predatory business practices: bullying, baiting, etc. But there is more to it than that: Microsoft pays close attention to what people want. They may do a horrible, botched job of providing it initially, and at the next revision, and so on, but eventually they do provide decent products (usually assisted by driving out the competition with unfair pricing etc. but that's another story). With apologies for gross over simplification, Unix and Linux have paid little attention to users and tend toward satisfying programmers, and Apple has historically told us what it thinks we SHOULD want rather than what we DO want. Remember the idiotic Apple II's with no arrow keys? Spreadsheets weren't a lot of fun on that platform, but Apple Knew Better. Apple bigots should pause before sending me death threats: I *like* Apple, I like Macs, and now that Mac has embraced Unix I am simply ecstatic about the possibilities. I'm a long time Unix fan and have 20 years of IT experience in addition to Unix - dos, windows, macs, novell and a few other odd things here and there. It is true that Windows networks demand more IT resources, but IT people aren't generally afraid of losing work if they brought in non-windows platforms - there's just too much to be done to worry about that. What they do worry about is interoperability (which is not helped by our friends at Microsoft sometimes bending over backwards to deliberately break interoperability and generally keeping their interfaces secret). But Linux and BSD on Intel has been able to make inroads on the server side in spite of that, and perhaps now Apple has a chance to regain some ground on the desktop side. Unix and Linux have historically been weak there - the developers just haven't give the user interface enough attention. It has gotten better recently with Linux, but it's still a bit rough. That's certainly not something anyone ever said about Apple! Whatever faults Apple has had, ignoring the user interface certainly hasn't been one of them. They may have had their foolish moments (Apple II's etc) but ui is their definite strength. I think that Mac's move to Unix is going to hurt Microsoft. It opens up new possibilities for those of us in the Unix world (I just bought an Ibook) and vice versa. Developers who might have seen the Unix/Linux market or the Mac market as individually too small now see a larger potential for very little extra work, and it is software that drives the desktop market. Wouldn't it be a lovely world if we had Mac desktops and Unix/Linux servers? Well, a lovely world for me.. just a slightly prejudiced Unix type, Who knows? Microsoft could be heading for a fall. Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch :-)
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