[rescue] Apple to ditch IBM, switch to Intel chips

velociraptor velociraptor at gmail.com
Mon Jun 6 11:46:19 CDT 2005

On 6/4/05, Skeezics Boondoggle <skeezics at q7.com> wrote:
> Apple COULD, at any point, issue a MacOSX for x86 as a software product
> while still maintaining their own hardware line - hell, NeXTSTEP already
> had been ported to SPARC and HPPA as well, and all that "fat binaries"
> support is likely still in there, right?  Darwin runs on x86.  So why not
> just port the remaining proprietary bits and release the full MacOSX for
> Intel?  Afraid it'll scavenge hardware sales!?
> Ugh.  Every time this issue comes up I just react to the idea that more
> architectures are going to fall to the Intel onslaught, that the Wintel
> monoculture will continue to devour everything in its path, and that
> eventually there won't be anything out there interesting or innovative or
> unique or curious or fun about the computer industry anymore - it'll all
> just be the same bland, boring, bloated, locked-down DRMized crap
> dictated by Redmond & Santa Clara, and all the rest will be also-rans.
> I'll just be one of those weird guys with a basement full of evidence
> that it wasn't always like that, despite the vast sucking memory hole
> of the "consumer" market.

You left out AMD.  Perhaps there is something in the AMD pipe-
line that we don't know about?

I would kind of find it ironic if Apple successfully turned itself
into a 100% software company when IBM has been trying to
do that for well over a decade, due to the commoditizing of
computer hardware and the resultant drop in margins.  Sun
has been forced to attempt the same thing, I think.

One thing I find most interesting about 10.4 is the "Automator";
I'll be fiddling around with it quite a bit after I get Tiger installed.
I wonder how much further they've taken the abstraction than
the simple Apple-scripting they have in it right now?


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