Selling out Date: Monday 20th August 2007 11:01 BST Music: Prodigy I an not a fanboy of Microsoft nor Apple. I use both without problems but I am not happy with the new attitude of these companies. They seem to be more interested in making money than high quality products. Apple have moved over to Intel for what I have been lead to believe was for bulk discounts on orders and increased performance. IBM however have argued that Apple's benchmark between PowerPC and Intel X86_64 was unfair as the software did not take advantage of the PowerPC architecture. When IBM compiled the same benchmark from the source with their PowerPC optimised compiler they got a 187% improvement over apples score on the same system. (http://blogs.zdnet.com/Murphy/?p=678). This makes me think that Apple could have done a better job with PowerPC and that there was no real need to drop IBM for Intel especially since the POWER6 processor seems to be what Apple wanted. What I think MS and Apple should do is make one OS for computers / workstations and another for servers but instead Apple have put back their OS in favour of the iPhone, it's shinny but not worth it in my option. MS on the other had have made about 7 different versions just for computers, they haven't even released the ones for the servers yet. To try and stop people from illegally downloading their OS they made a starter version for them which is heavily handicapped. The best way to encourage them to by the OS is to make a really shit one that they can afford, cos that will work.
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