Leaks of supposed Mac OS X to run on Intel have already started appearing on the internet. Some have suggested that Apple is doing this on purpose to build up interest and to beta test in the real world. In that scenario, Apple allows the piracy while publically decrying it, thus still being able to sell their own hardware to the more honest and more wary while building an underground following. Supposedly this keeps Microsoft from getting too frightened (which would cause them to drop Mac versions of Word, etc.) and lets them build momentum without too much notice. When they have enough strength, they themselves drop Microsoft products, and go head to head with their own versions or use Open Office or NeoOffice.
Yeah, right. Microsoft is not that stupid. As much as I'd like to see Mac push Microsoft right off the map, and as obviously superior as Mac OS X is, I don't think it can happen that easily.
That doesn't mean it can't happen. I'm sensing much less resistance to Macs and even seeing more columnists recommend them. I was quite surprised to see a recent column talking about buying a computer for your college bound child say that if you had to pinch every penny, buy Windows, but to buy the Mac if you possibly could.
So the Mac may start gaining serious ground against Windows. I know, I know, what about Linux? I don't think so. It's all too confusing for Average Joe. Too many distributions, too many options. Basically, too much power. It's not going to happen. Linux can fight Microsoft at the server boxes, but not at the desktop.
Back to these leaked OS X on Intel downloads: Pretending momentarily that it actually worked well and wasn't as horribly difficult as it is, who would install this? This is pirate code, that could be pickled with spyware and who knows what. You are actually going to install that??
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