Apple’s “not dead yet”

Some guy named Jerry Kindall is announcing the death of Apple prematurely.

Microsoft will release a version of Longhorn that runs on Apple’s hardware (assuming it is proprietary enough that it wouldn’t “just work” anyway, which it probably will be) and price it competitively. The next time Apple wants $129 for a Mac OS X upgrade, or at the next hardware upgrade cycle, users will go, “well heck, most of my software is already Windows anyway, Longhorn is all right, and I’ll get a slight speed boost by ditching the emulation,” and they’ll move over to Windows.

You won’t probably won’t get a speed boost switching from Wine to Windows. In fact, some stuff runs faster in Wine. As they say, “Wine Is Not an Emulator”.
All it does it replace a bunch of Windows framework with some rewritten kinda-windows-compatible framework. Also, did I miss something? I thought Wine still was in heavy alpha development for OS X.

I also doubt that this will make many people want to switch . You could run Windows apps on OS X before by using expensive software. Now you’ll be able to run Windows apps at a decent speed by using expensive software OR by using a buggy, expensive operating system. To quote Spock, “A difference that makes no difference is no difference.”

Keeping in mind both Apple and Microsoft’s track record for security and ease of use and noting the train wreck commonly known as Windows Vista, I think the Mac will be fine for quite some time.


3 Responses to “Apple’s “not dead yet””

  1. 1 penguin July 16, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    I do agree with you.
    I use macs cause they just work. Which i think vista will have a hard time doing.
    Anyway, they’re not talking about wine.
    They’re talking about emulation stuff.
    It runs a full windows install inside os x.
    I think the most popular is parallels desktop or something like that.

    And isn’t longhorn going to be more expensive than $129?

  2. 2 James July 17, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    They aren’t talking about emulation. There is 100% no need to emulate the intel processor, or even the Windows desktop, now that OS X has made the switch. This is all just compatiblity layer stuff. Note how he says that it will allow you to run Windows apps as “first-class citizens with Aqua UI widgets”.

  3. 3 Nazgum August 1, 2006 at 1:46 am

    Actually, OSX won’t be using wine or any emulation, they will likely use virtualization, similar to what Linux has with Xen.

    And they will probably use it by running windows as a rootless xserver similar to how colinux works; basically launching the apps to run in their native OS [which is hidden rootless] wrapped around your OSs window decorations (so you can’t really tell).

    Virtualization is neat but requires extra RAM, which isn’t a problem as long as you have it šŸ˜‰

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