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Let me explain that I have never owned a MAC and know almost nothing about OS X though I understand it is way cool. Likewise I've never used Linux. I've always used Windows (as a software developer in FoxPro) and hate it.

Linux on the desktop is stymied by the lack of widespread acceptance of a good GUI and office applications. Note that I said "widespread acceptance." I know that there is software like GNOME and Star Office which may be great. But they remain little used.

I understand that OS X runs on top of BSD Unix. Presumably it mostly communicates with Unix and not with the hardware. So how hard would it be to port OS X (call it OS X-I or X for Intel) to run on top of a Unix-Linux system running on an Intel box.

The major downside is that this might really piss off Microsoft. Perhaps Apple can't risk that.

Imagine OS X-I running on 100's of millions of Intel boxes!

Peter

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