IMHO, I don't believe Apple and Linux should grouped together. I know Apple's OS comes
from UNIX but they are very different animals. For one thing, each have their own market
driving forces. (I suppose a common driving force is that they are both *NOT* Windows!
<LOL!> Perhaps this is what you implied? :-) )
I know that all of the OS's will run on the Intel platform but developing for those other
platforms is still an independent and task. Some libraries can be shared of course, but
it's still significant work to port things over. We've been Apple developers for over a
decade, most recently porting some of our restoration tools for Pro Tools. It's not as
easy as it seems.
The more likely scenario is the OS's will continue to "merge" over time. Right now we
have dual-boot Macs. Soon we will be able to have a Mac session and a PC session active
simultaneously. After that I could see intersession communication between applications
and file/resource sharing - that kind of thing. Ultimately, software will be compiled so
that the same source will work on both. OS API calls will simply get diverted to the
correct interface handlers depending on what OS you're running...
Now wouldn't that be nice?
Sascom - Toronto
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> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of D P Ingram
> Sent: May 25, 2007 3:56 AM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cedar
> On 23 maj 2007, at 05.49, Rob Poretti wrote:
> > At the rate CPU speeds/cores are developing I don't know if
> > proprietary DSP systems will
> > continue for long. No audio workstation manufacturer can keep up
> > with the on-going
> > Intel/AMD battle. Our workstations can be fitted with dual quad-
> > core CPU's; you'd be
> > hard-pressed to find equivalent processing in dedicated systems.
> Do you think that this will lead to more solutions being developed
> with Linux/Apple rather than just the Windows monopoly with all of
> its inherrent system risks that can occur (or greater overall
> management overhead)?
> Darren Ingram (darren at ingram.fi / www.ingram.fi)
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