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Apple to Unix – You are my Rock Solid Foundation

There are not many technology enterprises in the commercial domain who speak openly about the underlying architecture. They may tout their cool new features (which they unabashedly picked from a competitor), but will rarely give credit to the technologies that make them great. Apple however, not only praises its own design and architecture (yeah!) but also gives due credit to Unix as part of what it calls its “rock solid foundation”.

As the Apple website explains about its current Mac OS X (version) Leopard:

Leopard is an Open Brand UNIX 03 Registered Product, conforming to the SUSv3 and POSIX 1003.1 specifications for the C API, Shell Utilities, and Threads. Since Leopard can compile and run all your existing UNIX code, you can deploy it in environments that demand full conformance — complete with hooks to maintain compatibility with existing software.

Almost all Linux/Unix users know this but for those not initiated (about Apple), there is a reason for us to love Macs as much as we love our Linux. Both are close relatives sharing the same gene pool. Already, all open source applications are easily ported to Mac and can run off any Apple computer. So when you buy your next computer, consider Apple not just for its looks but give due credence to its “rock solid foundations”.

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Linux OS use on the Rise

Now, this may not be the most scientific reports out there, but it still points to an interesting trend. Linux/FreeBSD based desktop systems are on the rise with almost a commanding 1% market share. What is interesting to note is that Microsoft Windows is slowly losing ground and its market share has fallen to less than 89%. Yes, it is still huge but not as huge as it was say 10 years ago when it controlled almost 95% of the market.

The report also points to an interesting trend that hand held devices like PSP and iPhone are increasingly being used to browse the internet. In the coming years, as Android and SymbianOS make better internet centered smart phones, the Microsoft share will further fall.

At the same time, computers powered by Linux like netbooks and linux powered smart phones will also increase its share beyond 1%.

Mac has also gained ground to reach a market share of almost 9.5%. This share will definitely grow beyond 10% as Apple continues to churn out cool and attractive products that woo new customers.

Overall, this is a healthy trend showing that the internet is slowly making the desktop irrelevant. People are using any device with a decent browser to surf the net and do their work.