Apple’s x86, interesting data

More news is coming out on the Apple OS release. Apparently, they are dropping Open Firmware for the x86 line. This is interesting news. I thought that porting Open Firmware was going to be a significant task that might cost Apple a bit of time before they could launch their new machines. (It would have been great to have… it’s always good to have a great monitor on a computer when things go wrong.).

Without this requirement, I can see no reason why Apple can’t get machines out in 6 months, unless they are wating for a particular chip or chipset from one of their suppliers (Intel).

In the meantime, this also makes it much easier for people to get the OS running on commodity hardware.

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