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Apple May Have High Market Cap, But Linux is Far Ahead

Apple: a brand to love and to hate.

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Summary: Remarks on Apple's status and the growth of Linux, which is a multi-company titan

THE quality of Apple products is not as high as perceived by some. This is not just a hardware issue but a software issue too. As The Inquirer put it last week:

SELLER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has pulled its Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 delta update after its legendary quality control procedures failed to discover that it causes applications to crash.

Last week Apple released a large security update for its two most recent operating systems, but it seems both have pretty big bugs forcing Apple to withdraw the updates. First up was Apple's delta update for Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 which had to be pulled after users complained of applications crashing, with Apple now recommending that users download a 1.3GB file instead, avoiding the Mac OS X Software Update facility.


This is the sort of quality issues that Apple supporters tend to brush under the carpet and IT professionals take as a sign that, while Apple makes decent toys, it is not suitable for advanced uses or work. Quoting a new opinion piece:

News Flash: Apple Products Are Not IT Friendly



Last week, we talked about the impact of the bring your own device phenomenon on IT. It’s become accepted practice in many organizations to let users bring their devices and many are choosing iOS much to the chagrin of IT.

While Android comes with its own set of potential mine fields, a Network World report from MacIT, the IT track of the Macworld conference, indicated there were complaints aplenty from IT folks who are stuck supporting devices that are clearly designed for consumers.

IT is left to deal with iTunes and Apple IDs and how to bill back app purchases. This is probably not what you had in mind when you decided to go for a career in IT, but it’s part of the brave new world of IT support.

Network World puts it in more blunt terms: “adapt or die.” And from what so-called Apple experts were saying, you’re left with little recourse, because well, Apple doesn’t seem to listen to anyone. They don’t have to.


For serious work one can rely on software which is developed and peer-reviewed by many companies. This is why GNU/Linux, for instance, continues to gain in the enterprise (in phones, servers, and sometimes desktops too). No single company can report combined profits from Linux, but by breaking down and adding numbers from Amazon, IBM, Red Hat, Google, HTC etc. one can get insight. Linux is taking over the world because it is decentralised like Apache and it is not monolithic. Witnessing the success of Wikipedia, more people realise that sharing economy is the future in an age of information abundance.

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