US government warms up to Apple and Mac OS X

“Uncle Sam’s coffers, which have long remained elusive for Apple, are finally opening up… A year ago, Apple’s Mac OS X operating system was added to the government’s approved-purchases list, which previously included Windows and Java,’ Olga Kharif reports for BusinessWeek. “While Jobs & Co.’s government business is still miniscule — just over $200 million of its $6.2 billion in yearly sales — it’s ‘going to develop into a meaningful business for Apple,’ says analyst Charles Wolf of Needham & Co., who owns Apple shares. The outfit’s PC sales to public agencies could grow by 50% in the next few years, he figures.”

“One reason for Apple’s better traction is the success of its Xserve servers and storage products, first introduced in 2002. They’re priced on par or below rivals’ equipment and are easy and quick to set up,” Kharif reports. “Apple equipment’s underlying software also appeals to many government tech managers looking for alternatives to Windows. Based on open-source Unix code, Mac OS is easier to use than Linux. It also comes with more than 10,000 applications, which is a lot more than what Linux can offer… Apple’s comparative immunity to viruses wins lots of fans, too… rivals Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM would be wise to watch out: Apple has long been known as an innovator and a design pioneer.”

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9 Comments

  1. I wish I could convince my govt boss to load me up with a dual 2.5 ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

    I did push the issue that if he ever wants to test out apple systems, that we will need someone educated in administering OSX, and volunteered my services

  2. I’ve been working for NASA in Huntsville, AL (mech. eng.) for 20 years. I got my first Mac in January of 1991 and I have had one ever since (about to get a new dual 1.8 G5). We here have a choice for either a Mac (desktop or laptiop) or “comparable” PC for roughly the same money. Macs at one time were about 75% of our engineering groups recources, but then went down to probably 15% or so during the late 90’s; now they are slowly going back up due to alot of plugging from a few people in our group who will not sit back and watch crappy PC’s and all their viruses take over the organization. We have even ordered some X-Serves to replace our old mainframes. People are slowing realizing that a Mac running Unix-based OS X is hard to beat. If they just made a Mac verison of MSC’s Patran, I woukd be completely free from an SGI.

  3. “It also comes with more than 10,000 applications, which is a lot more than what Linux can offer…”

    Jeese, I’ve been looking all over my hard drive for these 10,000 applications that come with Mac OS X, I can’t count more than a hundred or so… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    I think what they meant to say is that more than 10,000 applications are available for Mac OS X, not included with OS X.

  4. “It also comes with more than 10,000 applications, which is a lot more than what Linux can offer…”

    Jeese, I’ve been looking all over my hard drive for these 10,000 applications that come with Mac OS X, I can’t count more than a hundred or so… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    I think what they meant to say is that more than 10,000 applications are available for Mac OS X, not included with OS X.

  5. I recently had to go into my county records office, all workstations had Macs ranging from a cube, iMacs and mostly G4s. Good to know our public records are for the most part safe from attack by undesirable elements.

  6. “[I]Uncle Sam’s coffers, which have long remained elusive for Apple, are finally opening up…[/I]”

    Umm, just a small correction.

    [B]*Uncle Sam’s coffers*[/B] is a myth perpetuated by greedy politicians.

    The reality is that [B]*Uncle Sam*[/B] actually has [B]NO[/B] money, except that which it gets from tax payers – be they US residents or foreigners.

    i.e. [B]*Uncle Sam’s*[/B] money is really your money and mine!!

  7. finally a good move from the Bush administration….

    nice try…but i wont change my vote ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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