“Now that the speculation about Apple switching from IBM PowerPC to Intel chips is over, industry buzz about more platform crossover for the Macintosh is just beginning,” Russell Redman writes for CRN. “Solution providers and analysts said Apple’s move to Intel opens up some intriguing possibilities: Would Intel-based Macs be able to run Microsoft Windows and Linux? And would the Intel version of Unix-based Mac OS X–code-named Leopard–be able to run on non-Apple computers powered by Intel processors?”
“The answer to both questions likely will be no, at least in the short term, VARs and analysts said. But they didn’t rule out either eventuality because of the huge market implications for Apple. Both scenarios would open the Windows PC space–especially the lucrative corporate market–to the Mac platform, potentially lifting Apple’s 2 percent to 3 percent computer market share into the double digits, they said. What’s more, if Leopard were permitted to run on PCs, Apple could reverse its historic decision to not license its operating system on other manufacturers’ computers,” Redman writes.
“Ross Rubin, an analyst at The NPD Group, said in a report that Apple could use a proprietary chipset to prevent Intel Macs from running other operating systems. Likewise, Apple could use Trusted Platform Module technology to ensure that the x86-based version of OS X will run only on its hardware, according to research firm Gartner,” Redman writes.
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MacDailyNews Take: This has been covered numerous times and various Apple spokespeople, including Apple VP Phil Schiller, have stated that Mac OS X will only be able to be run on Mac hardware and that Apple will do nothing to support or prevent Windows from running on Intel-based Macs. Linux already runs on Macs hardware.
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