Why does the Open Source Community love Apple?
Attend any computer conference these days and you can expect that almost every giveaway is an iPad. In fact, I recently attended a conference for a Microsoft oriented customer group and the talk of the attendees was Apple and how excited they were to possibly win an iPad from the vendors in the exhibit hall. It makes me wonder, why isn’t the open source community in a complete uproar against Apple the same way that they are against Microsoft?
Apparently, the open source community is indifferent which should be a surprise based on past history with Microsoft and their anti-open source positions. Attend any open source event or talk to most open source zealots and you will find a complete and utter disdain for Microsoft and all things Windows; however ask them about Apple (or just look at their Mac laptop) and you will know that Apple is the hardware king of the open source community. In fact, I have attended a few open source events recently and am surprised with the huge success Apple is having in this portion of the computing marketplace. Most attendees have either an iPhone or iMac, although I am seeing more Android phones showing up, but people seem worried about Google being a good open source player which makes sense but that discussion never moves over to Apple.