Macs crowd out Linux on corporate desktops but no threat to ...

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. SPUY767 macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003
    This guy is a genius. He says, that Mac OS X, an operating system that offers all the benefits of Linux without any of the drawbacks, i.e. learning curve, would pose more of a threat to linux thatn to Windows in which many corporations have a hardware and software investment that ties them to a burgeoning platform. Someone call Nobel.
  3. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    What a load of bull

    You can't compete with FREE. Period.
  4. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Steve can.
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Of course you can. Free doesn't always or even usually mean better (although it clearly does sometimes).
  6. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    M$ have been claiming for years that TCO is higher with Linux than with Windows, despite it being "free".
  7. sabbath999 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2003
    rural Missouri
    Correct me if I am wrong...

    But "free" has a market share of about 3 percent... which means that 97 percent of the computers are running a "Paid" OS...

    If you can't compete with it, can you stomp the living snot out of it instead?
  8. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Watch them....Linux is beaten by Mac OS X and Windows XP is market share.
  9. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    I am sorry, may be I wasn't clear enough about the word 'free'. What I meant is free as in freedom not free as in beer. People/companies use Linux because the freedom it offers; the ability to modify, tinker and do whatever you please with the OS. This is something that both MS Windows and Apple's OS X will ALWAYS lack. Plain and simple, Linux is not about market share, but choice. Those how choose to use Linux usually don't do that because it costs no money :).
  10. Silencio macrumors 68020


    Jul 18, 2002
    And people/companies use Mac OS X and Windows because they can be more productive doing tasks directly related to their businesses on those platforms.

    Don't get me wrong, I think Linux is generally a very good thing. It's especially ideal in the server room where the people who directly interact with it every day truly know what they're doing, and that's a pretty big and important market to serve, that's for sure. However, I'm still skeptical that ease of use and availability of more mainstream applications will reach critical mass for widespread adoption of Linux on the desktop any time soon.
  11. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Can I run QuarkXpress and the entire Adobe Creative Suite on Linux? Let alone MS Office, Art Director's Toolkit, CDFinder, Extensis Suitcase Server, Dantz Retrospect, Toast, etc.? Will Linux handle a colour-calibrated workflow or play nicely with OpenType fonts? Can I run my colour printer's RIP on a Linux machine?

    And that's just work stuff.

    For the majority of people, the applications are what drives them towards an OS decision; Linux just doesn't factor into the equation. If all of this stuff was suddenly unavailable for OSX, I'd have no choice but to get a Windows machine.

  12. Earendil macrumors 68000


    Oct 27, 2003
    Not to nitpick the writer, but...
    ...Do these guys actually have college degrees or any background in writing? I can't spell worth sh*t (or even write for that matter), but the few journalism classes I've taken (all photo related) pound into your head the power of words.

    It would seem to me, that to say currently MacOSX is only replacing Linux desktops, and thus is no threat to Windows, is foolish. Its mere presence in the corporate environment poses quite the threat. Perhaps what he meant to say is that MacOSX is having no impact on the windows corporate world.

    threat |?ret|

    1. a statement of an intention to inflict pain, injury, damage, or other hostile action on someone in retribution for something done or not done : members of her family have received death threats. • Law a menace of bodily harm, such as may restrain a person's freedom of action.

    2. a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger : hurricane damage poses a major threat to many coastal communities. • [in sing. ] the possibility of trouble, danger, or ruin : the company faces the threat of bankruptcy | thousands of railroad jobs came under threat.
  13. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    I 100% agree on the Linux adoption thing. I never said that Linux will take over the world or anything :). I just said that those who do use Linux use it because of the freedom to modify everything down to the kernel level; You can run Linux on just about everything from small routers up to gigantic super-computers.

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