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Updated: 2008-04-10T09:37:27.389-04:00

 



While I don't own a single Apple product, I have n...

2007-09-26T08:46:00.000-04:00

While I don't own a single Apple product, I have no doubt that it's good stuff hardware-wise. I've read/listened to a lot of Linux users who run it on Apple hardware because it's high-grade stuff.



Hi Richard,I also don't expect Windows to be opene...

2007-09-26T02:41:00.000-04:00

Hi Richard,

I also don't expect Windows to be opened sourced. I believe the real question is what will follow Windows?

Some time ago I read an article (can't remember where) that stated that Vista would be the last generation of Windows, per say, and that Microsoft was looking at a next generation of OS based upon some variant of Unix.

This would be similar to the path Apple took when they moved from their proprietary OS 9 to the NeXT/BSD Unix based OS 10. MS could support the cut-over phase and older software using virtual PC technology.

While Apple has locked OS 10 to it's own hardware the core of the system is still BSD and open source. With the X Environment it will run much of the open source software out there.

I sometimes have a love/hate thing with Apple. I love OS 10, but hate that it's locked to only run on Apple hardware. The saving grace is that at least as far as the desktop and laptop computers go, it's good hardware.