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Apple to switch to Intel chips!
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Do you think Steve Jobs made a good decision to switch to Intel chips?
Yes, this would open new avenues for Linux distribution.
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No. Apple should stick with what works.
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jjmac
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could be wrong but i think the BSD licience has a clause somewhere that allows the code to be "re-licenced" ... which if true sounds like a classic loophole to me. That is, it would explain the absence of the BSD licence in derived code headers, hiding the origin in the process. I probably should have researched that better before just posting it, as i'm not totally sure how correct i am there.

Also ... hasn't OS-X development been on Intell chips for some time ?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have posted in a number of places regarding the media releases, there is one important bit ( Rolling Eyes sorry) missing and that is whether this is x86 32-bit or x86 64-bit. The G5s were advertised as the first real 64-bit desktop OS for people - and the advantage of the Apple PowerMac has always been the performance advantage the RISC processor has over x86 at CPU intensive tasks like Photoshop/Lightwave/Final Cut Pro/etc renders. If this advantage is lost then Apple becomes a two-bit hardware producer like Sun Microsystems without the "big iron". Just because they design "pretty packaging" doesn't mean it will be the reason it is chosen by consumers.

I like Apple for multimedia production (and I support G5 PowerMacs that are replacing G4 PowerMacs at the college where I work) and believe that they truly are a better system for this. I'm halfway through Apple Certified Technical Co-ordinator training, the first courses in Australia, but if this is a 32-bit x86 CPU then Apple has just gone backwards 10 years in CPU architecture and performance.
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