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Will Apple Abandon the PowerPC CPU?

Dave Aiello wrote, "Whenever Apple Computer develops a set of strong products, the press begins to speculate about the business implications of moving the Macintosh product line over to the Intel Pentium family of CPUs. This is happening again now. Charles Haddad is the latest person to speculate about a CPU migration in BusinessWeek magazine."

"One of the rationales for a CPU switch, according to Haddad, is the possibility of seamless switching between OS X and one or more flavors of Windows. But he goes on to make this incredible comment: 'Some users, however, would welcome a PC version of OS X. That would enable Windows emulation software, such as VirtualPC by Connectix, to run much faster.' Charles, have you ever heard of VMware?"

"If Apple came out with a Pentium-based PowerBook that could run VMware, I would ditch my Dell Inspiron that runs Red Hat 7.2. No offense to Red Hat, but OS X has DVD support, user-friendly applications, and good power management. I'd keep Linux for my servers, of course, but OS X is the uber-geek client OS of choice at the moment."

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