Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen switches to Apple Macintosh

“After being spoiled in my college years (1989-1993) by a Silicon Graphics IRIS workstation, I was Mac-based (the legendary Mac Duo notebook) for about a year and then switched to Windows 3.1 in an effort to experience what most of the rest of the world was using. Let’s just pretend the next 13 years never happened. Now I’m back on the Mac,” blogs Marc Andreessen, co-author of Mosaic, the first widely-used web browser, and cofounder of Netscape.

“The most wonderful thing about the Mac in 2007 is that it has what Bill Joy refers to as the ‘it works’ feature. The second most wonderful thing about the Mac in 2007 is that it is all three of the major operating systems in one: you get the Mac user interface and applications; you get Unix underneath the covers… And by running Parallels or VMWare Fusion you also get Windows XP,” Andreessen explains.

“The third most wonderful thing about the Mac in 2007 is the amazing lineup of software — free/open source, shareware, and commercial — at one’s fingertips. The topic of my next post will be the results of my somewhat extensive recent research into an ideal Mac OS X application set for 2007,” Andreessen writes.

“The fourth most wonderful thing about the Mac in 2007 is the hardware,” Andreessen writes. “Being able to ride the commoditized Intel/PC hardware price/performance curves due to Apple’s wholesale shift over the last decade from totally proprietary hardware to industry standard hardware is producing some truly lovely machines — such as my shiny new 15-inch Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro. Heaven with cream cheese on top.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Another tech luminary makes the switch to the superior platform. Welcome back home, Marc!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Patrice” and “Joe” for the heads up.]


  1. The Tipping Point ® is close to happening– definitely accelerating. I just got off the phone with another switcher explaining some basics. The conversation basically went like this: Oh, cool!

    More switchers on the way, especially as more “trustables” take the plunge. In case anyone wasn’t sure, I’m a trustable. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    MDN “anyone, as in “…can switch.”

  2. ChrissyOne.

    “Well that’s a great reason! Maybe I’ll start believing in God!”

    You crack me up!
    And now I am wondering what is the ratio of christian /pc users vs christian/mac users.

    I wonder if there is a similar break down along ID and Darwin?

    But back OT. More people, high profile or not are seeing the light.
    If quantity was the final decider then the Ford Pinto is superior to a Porsche 911


  3. Can you imagine 13 years of Windblows, Virus infestation and malfunction… and gotty look of the thing…. gotta cripple the evolutionary progress of the brain about 30 years backwards every week….


  4. For someone who comes off as somewhat intelligent. I wonder why it took Marc so long to “see the light”. Geez, after what MS did to Netscape, you’d think the light was overwhelmingly bright a long time. He ought to see an eye doctor sooner than later.

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