In part 6 of Dvorak’s scenario he writes “Spyware and viruses emerge on the Mac.”
What? No doom ‘n gloom? Where‘s the fun in that? Oh well, I guess I‘d better get my doom ‘n gloom hit here .
“It is easy to predict what will happen after that. To many Mac aficionados the uniqueness of the platform will be lost forever, and who knows what they'll do for fun. But one thing is for sure: The big problem that Mac users will have to face is the emergence of virus code and spyware aimed at them. It's possible that the Mac users going into this new world will be like the American Indians when confronted by smallpox-contaminated blankets. Most Mac users are ignorant about this plague and ill prepared to deal with it.”
Groovy! Many seem to think Apple OS’ are safer than Win OS’, but this is only because Win is such a huge target that hackers naturally write for it. If Apple sold as many OS’ as MS, then I believe it would suffer the same plague of virus and spyware that has long been familiar to win users.
I hope all the Macaholics enjoy their nice warm smallpox-contaminated blankets.
Linux has a fairly decent marketshare although not as big as Apple's by far, and they aren't torn apart by viruses either. Yes, some will happen and Apple will have to be quick to respond, but guys, Unix is just far superior when it comes to security and the ability to lock it down and protect it. Things will change that's for sure. I don't think OS X will challenge Windows for dominance any time soon, if at all, but it's nice to see how many people hope for the worst when it comes to products with a fruit on the label.
I too have been wondering how long will be before OS X intel is hacked to work on my Dell or IBM. Would agree it probably won't be long. but without support and supported updates, those systems WOULD be highly vulnerable, so we'll have to see how that goes. Don't think Apple will do any worse than Microsoft when it comes to security and updating. Right now, almost all vulnerabilities are known about ahead of time. What lets them run wild is updates that aren't available in time (rare these days) and people that don't update. Mac users will certainly have to get in gear with the updating, but fortunately, Apple's current automated update system is a even a bit easier to use than Microsoft's web solution. They'll have to come up with something like WUS (or SUS) though to play with the "big boys." Apple's been pretty good with the quick security updates though so it shouldn't be a big deal, at least unless and until they start selling a package to install OSX on different types of systems. But if they do that, by then they'll be much bigger and better suited to handle it.
That's a shame that the current Rosetta breaks EquinoX. Hopefully that will be fixed. And, apps will end up being ported to Xcode or others will take their place just as has always happened. I'm not too worried. Interestinlgly, the VAR contacts I deal with regularly seem to actually be excited about the prospect of selling multicolored logo computer products to businesses for the first time I've ever heard.
Am doing an RFP for my desktop/laptop hardware standards and was actually asked if I wanted to explore adding Apple! I laughed and said "not this time, at least" but kind of interesting feedback from that community. Never thought I'd see the day.
Time will tell!