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I attended the Linspire-sponsored Linux Desktop Summit last week, where the discussion included reasons the folks who build PCs don't want to do Linux. Indeed, some of the commentary at the event related to Microsoft and its vulnerability when it comes to large business and government accounts. There was also a lot of discussion about what Linux should become, with some of the most interesting commentary coming from Geoffrey Moore, author of "Crossing the Chasm."
Another "last chance for Apple" post ...
> If Apple can't at least double its small share during this
> unique event it should abandon the Mac OS as a dead end,
> because this kind of opportunity will never come again.
> 2008 will be a critical year for Apple, Microsoft, and the
> Linux contingent. If Apple can't significantly expand its
> presence by then in the PC market it is likely going to be
> finished with this segment.
If Apple expands their market share, great! But why on earth does not expanding market share mean death for OS X and Macs? You are missing a few links in your chain of reasoning there.
Apple is profitably selling millions of computers every year. There is no reason for those numbers to go down in their near future. Quite the contrary. There are more reasons than ever for people to buy Macs. And from past sales/profits they are sitting on billions of dollars of cash.
I think that Mac is going to expand its market share, possibly dramatically, if they can get Windows virtualization running cleanly. But even if they do not, why stop doing what makes $$$ for their shareholders and pays their employees and delights all of us Mac-heads just because they can't aspire to be monopolists in the PC world (like they can in the music world :-).