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Linux Journal: PowerBooks are the \'gold standard\'

updated 12:20 pm EST, Fri March 19, 2004

PowerBooks for Linux users

Linux Journal says that PowerBooks are the and quotes Borland's CTO as saying "OS X is my favorite Linux distribution". The article says that "PowerBooks now are common as cameras in geek circles. For the past two years at O'Reilly's two big conferences, eTech and OSCon, PowerBooks have comprised about half the laptop population. At ApacheCon last Fall, they were in the majority. Witness this picture, taken at the hackathon that opened the show. There's no doubt that OS X PowerBooks are filling a gap left open by the lack of Linux laptops from major vendors. Most techies I know who use PowerBooks on the road have Linux servers at home."

by MacNN Staff





  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    especially in light of...

    the slashdot story on a new wintel bios that allows you to read your mail and pim stuff without a complete boot

    makes osx on a laptop look light years ahead. I can have my panther ibook up and running from sleep before i can get my fingers to the keyboard

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969



    pure nonsense. everyone *knows* that AT MOST a mere 2% of the people at those conferences had Powerbooks. everyone else had PCs. i read enough columns on Forbes / Money / CNET / and by that Enderle guy to know that this is fact.

    2%. no more than that.

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Linux API's

    I really am not a programmer ... but when I heard a rumor that Apple was to put Linx API's into 10.4, I thought this could do nothing but good!

    Is it feasible?/practicle?

  1. JSD303

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SCO Legal is on the phone

    After hearing Borland's CTO refer to OS X as "his favorite Linux" distro, SCO's Legal team filed a suit against Apple for ownership of the aforementioned OS and licensing fees for all its users.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Linux APIs

    What Linux APIs would they be? Maybe just a few compatibility translations. But MacOS X already has X-Windowing, and the full ANSI C/C++ libraries. Most open source Linux software already runs on MacOS X with a simple recompile, so I don't know what else would be needed.

  1. jeffulri

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Since when...

    is OS X/Darwin a distrobution of Linux? OS X/Darwin is a FreeDSB derivitave, thereby making it UNIX, not Linux. I seriously doubt that Borland's CTO said "OS X is my favorite Linux distribution." If he did, Borland needs to seriously rethink his position.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    not his "position" but him!

    CTO's are needed, not ones that say dumb things that any techie would laugh at. Of course, there IS the chance he was totally misquoted by some "journalist" who doesn't know squat about technology.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe he was being cheeky

    Jeez. Who says he has to think OS X is Linux to make that comment? Maybe his point was simply that it offers the best of the open-source *nix OS world, and he was being figurative.

  1. elblanco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just think

    consider how prevalent apple's notebooks would be if they offered decent performance and battery life for their ridiculous price has the weakest notebook offerings of anyone in the business.

  1. chabig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You make me laugh...

    "consider how prevalent apple's notebooks would be if they offered decent performance and battery life for their ridiculous price tags"

    Hahahahaha. I can hardly stop laughing you are so funny! Powerbooks offer the most bang for the buck of any laptop. Just try to find a comparable Wintel machine for the same money. It's not easy.

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