Over at APLawrence.com, we've had some discussion over Microsoft's admission that Windows is seriously broken.
You can read that whole thing if you want, but the nub of it is that Microsoft threw away everything they had done with Longhorn (their next Windows OS, now renamed "Vista") and made a clean start with Vista. The reason was simply that the existing Windows code is too buggy, too messed up, too complex: they had to start from square one.
Mac sort of did that with OS X, but they were working from a very stable base - they used a BSD kernel and a lot of the work that had been done with NeXT. Also, Mac embraced a whole new interface and was able to provide a Classic mode to ease the transition. Microsoft won't be able to do that trick very easily: their Vista needs to work with everything that now runs on Windows. If it doesn't, if the developers and users see too much pain in this upgrade, or if Vista is found to be broken (which is very possible considering how much old baggage just has to be carried along), some of them may decide that the time is right to investigate other options.
What's the best option for folks wanting to leave Windows? Well, gosh, that's obvious: Linux servers and Mac Desktops. And maybe even Mac servers and Mac desktops for some. But definitely not Linux desktops, which means Mac could slide right into the void.
With the coming switch to Intel, the timing couldn't be better. If the new Macs can safely sandbox the old Windows into VMware or some other virtual machine, then there is even more incentive to switch: keep the old junk running while we segue to a better world.
Exciting possibilities? You betcha.
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