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Tue. Jun 7th 2005, 08:32pm:

I think I must be the only one in the IT world who doesn't care that Apple has decided to switch to the Intel platform. Many are afraid that Apple switching to Intel will harm Linux and the open source community. While I think it's a good thing that OSX will finally run on the x86 platform, I don't think there's going to be any major revolutions unless the price of Macs falls down drastically. At my work, I buy $400 Intel PCs on a regular basis from Dell Outlet and they come bundled with Windows XP Pro, all the necessary hardware for moderate inter-office use including network connectivity, and a year of free support/replacement. Other than the Mac Mini priced at $499, there's not much Apple can offer to a general home or corporate computer user.

Lately, the best thing about a Mac was the kickass hardware but now if they're switching to Intel, OSX+ will compete on the same field as Windows and Microsoft has over a decade worth of experience on the Intel platform. Honestly, I don't think changing the hardware platform is some kinda major revolution by itself. The revolution will be when Apple can actually make a better OS on the same hardware as Microsoft. Linux servers already perform much better than Windows servers on the same hardware. Will the next OSX give users a better desktop computer than Windows? Who knows... it'll take some time at least, so don't hold your breath just yet. Nobody can predict what's gonna happen except the fact that there'll be a lot more competition on the x86 platform and such a competition is good for the consumer.

A bit more Googling and looks like I'm NOT the only one who thinks all of this is mostly hype and not much is gonna change in the near future. Definitely not in the corporate IT scene.