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[News] Why Apple Owes Great Credit to GNU/Linux

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Apple Built a Better Kitty (Thanks to Linux)

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| Now, where do you think Apple and MS might have learned this salubrious 
| lesson, my fellow geek-watchers? Could it have been largely from watching 
| Linux take off in Netbooks and cheap PCs? Might it possibly have something to 
| do with the remarkable success of the Ubuntu Linux product and its 
| increasingly sophisticated, feature-rich, but eminently small and functional 
| OS? Linux desktops, led by GNOME and KDE, along with distros such as Ubuntu, 
| PCLinuxOS, Linux Mint, and MEPIS, have been quietly carving the path that the 
| corporate monsters of the software industry have at last chosen to follow: 
| make thy kernel light, stable, and versatile, and let thy desktop be smart 
| and slim, with only enough features to support and enhance the userâs 
| experience, and no more.          
| And incidentally, would it be too much to ask of Mr. Ballmer or Mr. Jobs to 
| simply say so, to give credit where itâs due? No, that wouldnât be the 
| corporate thing, the profitable thing, the weâre-number-one thing, the 
| competitive thing to do. It would only be the fair thing.   



Can Ubuntu 9.10 Outperform Mac OS X 10.6?

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| Of the 26 tests shown in this article, Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" was the
| clear winner in 12 of the 26 tests while Snow Leopard had won a handful and
| the rest of the tests had results that were too close to call or unchanged
| between the Apple and Canonical operating systems. Ubuntu 9.10 can certainly
| compete with Mac OS X 10.6 when it comes to the performance, but of course a
| few of these tests do show performance regressions compared to the earlier
| Ubuntu 9.04 release, an area where Ubuntu developers could improve.
| Additionally, not all areas of the system or hardware combinations were
| tested, such as with the Intel Linux graphics performance struggling compared
| to Mac OS X. On top of that, the Ubuntu Linux installations had NVIDIA's
| proprietary driver manually installed, where as the "out of the box"
| experience on Ubuntu does not provide any 3D acceleration for NVIDIA
| hardware.

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