Marginalizing Windows: running a business on Mac OS X and Linux

“The new company is significantly more Unix-y, with a PC laptop for the CFO and the CEO, but Macs for everybody else, and Linux servers running Python and PostgreSQL all around. I gave my developers a choice when I brought them aboard, and they both wanted Macs. They’re both new-generation Mac users, with zero or little experience before OS X, and their primary editor and development interface is vi, despite my offers of BBEdit or whatever else. I’ve bought copies of MS Office for everyone


  1. I’ve been running my business on Macs for two years now. Wan keeps a Dell notebook around – because its still on a Dell lease – but in October… Look out Apple Notebook! (Maybe a G5?)

    Windows is dead meat at our shop – and the final machine gets the final boot in October.

  2. this makes me think of something I have wished Apple would do.

    I think they should “adopt” a company. Perhaps have a competition that allows the winning company to have a complete hardware overhaul to Macs with OSX. And they could document the entire process and after a given amount of time give cost/benefit estimates based on the experience. It’s one of those things that would generate publicity, interest, and some solid documented proof of the benefit to make the change.

    This is #4 on my top ten list of things Apple should do to push the Mac platform. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Law Office here, running on macs since 1988. Networked with Appletalk to begin with then on to Ethernet, now Rendezvous and Wireless. We have several macs in the office, and one winDell with Office 2000 just in case…it just collects dust, no one ever uses it.


  4. furm:

    I like your idea #4.

    May be they can make a game show. 10 IT Managers, one team with 17″ powerbooks, the other with dell laptops. Each time one of the teams loose a programming competition, they lose a team member. They all should have access to internet, so Wintel team has to deal with all the incoming virus, while competing.

  5. Contrary to what the lemmings out there believe. An office can easily run on a 100% Mac network with no problems at all. Far more reliable, far more secure and FAR MORE COST EFFECTIVE.

    It is surprising that for a group that is supposed to be so fiscally savvy, the business community is so utterly clueless about this simple fact.

  6. Great idea, apart from the reality TV part. The Reality TV part is a funny idea, I’ll give you that, but I can’t see it being compelling TV for most people !

  7. We have been running our business on Macs since 1989. We replaced a custom programed IBM mainframe the size of a car with Macs. We have a mix of mostly OS X machines with a couple still on OS 9. We have about 40 macs. We use them for CAD (Vectorworks), database (Filemaker), accounting (Flexware), Appleworks for most letters and spreadsheets, MS Office Mac mainly just in case on one machine, We’re trying to use Fastrack Scheduling for scheduling but it’s really not powerful enough. We’ll probably have to buy an XP machine and use MS Project. We take digital pictures of all of our projects during construction and store them on iPhoto. The print to pdf is great for sending Windows sufferers Filemaker based proposals. Photoshop for advertising things. And much more. We do not need windows for running our business as of now. The only thing we’ll probably need a windows machine for is the project scheduling. Unless someone knows of a true equal or better to MS Project for the mac that they can suggest. We have over 150 people working in house to schedule along with equipment and materials. Plus we need it for the servicing side as well. I am the IT person and I spend very, very little time attending to the networked macs. They rarely break and they’re great. Of course most everyone at this site knows that anyway.

  8. What I would like to see is Apple work with a Fortune Five Hundred Company to become mac based or largely mac based. It would be great press and would have a similar effect as the Virginia Tech Supercomputer. If it could be a financial company that would be even better!

    It’s simple, really. Apple’s working on a couple of complementary household devices…

    1) a small receiver base station that receives streamed audio music, video, photos from a Mac…via 802.11g. It’ll display the video, photos, or DVD on a TV screen (HD and 16/9 format), play music over a stereo system (or the TV), and “communicate” with other Mac and Windows users via iChat AV.

    2) that device will complement another Apple product– a relatively small tablet Mac (not called a Mac, bigger than an iPod, smaller than Windows tablet PCs), that runs a version of OSX, and can receive broadcasts from either another Mac (which stores iTunes music, iPhoto photos, personal movies, DVDs, AND television programs stored on the Mac), or from the “base station” device.

    Both devices will use 802.11g. Both will receive/broadcast. The tablet device will also do iChat AV, iLife apps, and much more.

    Is that cool, or what?

    Now, when? This year, before the fall buying season. It’ll be a big announcement. Get your checkbooks ready. Apple has learned how to make cool stuff again (after the debacle of Sculley, Spindler, Amelio and company) and we’ll happlily turn over our money for the following…

    – desktop Mac (PowerMac, iMac, or eMac)
    – laptop Mac (iBook or PowerBook)
    – Mac OSX annual upgrades
    – iPod and/or iPod Mini (I’ll have both, of course)
    – iLife annual upgrades (new apps added, new features, works on latest OS)
    – iReceiver/Broadcaster to plug into TV and entertainment center
    – iTablet to watch, communicate, work (office, school, home)

    Wait!! There’s more… but later.


  10. Oh his webpage, he wrote “I wish Address Book had Rendezvous sharing, so we could publish a subset of our contacts.”

    My advice to him via his comments is…

    Try using iSync with your .Mac account! According to Apple at
    “If you use more than one Mac, your .Mac account combined with iSync is the perfect way to keep them synchronized. iSync accesses information from your Mac OS X Address Book for your contacts, Safari for your bookmarks and iCal for your schedule and to-do items.

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