Building notes, projects, and occasional rants

Questions needing answers

Going forward, I’ll see lot’s of talk about Apple and Intel. As Rui as told you, as long gcc runs, I’m ok. I use my Mac mostly in UNIX-mode, so I’m not in too worried.

Now, the only thing that is still unanswered in my mind, is why Intel. Why not AMD. Also the 32bit question. So I decided to keep a log of my questions (and hopefully answers):

  • Why did Apple decide to go with Intel and not AMD? The best reason so far is form ArsTechnica - branding. Intel brand is much stronger than AMD, although technically they are inferior. Also, check out the last two paragraphs, where a “Intel needs Apple” topic is explained. Also a nice point of view.
  • Is the choice of Apple to use Pentium-class chips? I’m not sure about this, but they are 32bit, right? The G5 is 64bit, so using 32bit Intel chip’s is going back in time.
  • What is the chip choice of chips for x86-64 that Apple will make?
  • Do they use the classic PC BIOS? Well, according to ArsTecnica, they will not use Open Firmware…

Now, let’s wait a week or so and collect all the answers.

Personally, I would love to see Apple going the Opteron route, but that seems unlikely now.