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Cogs can think.

I'm a mere, tiny, insignificant cog in a whole clockwork of stupidity.
The little cog that wanted to break free, I am.

Hell freezes over - Update!

Update: I'm still sceptical. You know, some comments on Expert Zone and OSNews emphasized that this announcement does NOT specifically have to mean that Apple is going to use off-the-shelf Pentium processors; Apple and Intel may have agread upon creating special versions of the Pentium processors. Some even mentioned the idea of Intel creating a PPC omcpatible processor (a bit unlikely, but at this stage I'm not surprised by anything anymore).

However, a lot of things still do not make sense. Yesterday, I posted on Expert Zone about the new dual-core G5 that analysts expect to arrive to the Mac next week. That news is completely incompatible with the current news about Intel...

I'll await monday. Do they stream Job's keynote?

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So, it's getting more and more likely.

I think this is a rather odd move. While IBM indeed is incapable of delivering faster G5s, I just don't see the merit in moving to an x86 platform than more Mhz. Apple woul,d firstly have to port all it's apps to again a new platform. All 3rd party developers will have to do the same. Apple will have to compete in the most saturated market in the computer world: the x86 market.

Of course, Apple's PC's will not be generic off-the-shelf x86n crap, but we all know it won;t take long untill some smart coder creates a hack so that OSX can run on any Dell or Compaq machine. And when that happens, Apple's hardware market could be out of business pretty soon. Now, most of you will say: "Yeah sure, people won't be able to easily make such a hack." No, not easily, but hey, how many people said it would be impossible to make an PPC emulator for x86? In order to run OSX on a standarfd x86?

I think this is more of a Steve Jobs ego being tampered with due to IBMs apparant lack of interest in developing the G5 furter. Apple sells only 5 million G5s, while for instance the PS2, Xbox 2 and Revolution will sell 100s of millions of machines. No wonder IBM isn't interested.

I myself would have figured that Apple would be moving towards the Cell processor; or at least a variant of it. I simply can't believe they're moving to x86. I can't believe it. However, Eugenia just IMd me that it's probably true...

Gotta go to work now... :/
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9:20 AM, by Anonymous Anonymous

> And when that happens, Apple's hardware market
>could be out of business pretty soon.

Not likely.
While workarounds will exist, these will have to be loaded BEFORE the OS loads. This means that the person will have to flash his own BIOS with a hacked version. Thing is, each motherboard has its own different BIOS. We are talking about a few THOUSAND different BIOS variants out there for modern mobos.

Only a few of these motherboard BIOS es will get the hack, and even fewer of the users will actually hack their own BIOS and risk destroying their PC just to have OSX. BIOS manufacturers won't be able to ship mobos with the hack pre-installed because Apple will sue their ass off.

The other way is to use a brand new OS in a small partition that loads before OSX, makes the changes in the BIOS, and then chainloads OSX. This is less dangerous, but more complex for people to setup. It requires partitioning their PC in a weird way, it requires them to have a special boot manager. Again, not likely to be used apart some geeks.

So no, don't be afraid of piracy. Creating a proprietary x86 solution is feasible. And even if you get 10-20,000 users stray and pirate it, it ain't gonna drive the company out of business.

Eugenia    



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