Dan Gillmor has a fairly complete collection of links concerning this hot rumor.
The only thing I can think of about this that might suck mightily is if there’s any truth whatsoever to the rumors (as cited by Leander Kahney here) that Intel’s new chips have built in DRM (digital restrictions management), allowing the entertainment industry to control your machine from afar through the hardware and slap you down if you do anything they don’t approve of with your content. (This would be the equivalent of if the TV and movie studios had got the TV manufacturers to make TVs that radioed the police if you tried to hook them up to a VCR.)
If that whole business, which is just an annoyance in iTunes, became the whole raison d’être of the Mac platform, I could see myself running unhappily back to Linux. I wouldn’t like it. But I wouldn’t like Macs anymore if they went too far in that direction. Maybe if Debian/Sarge turned out to be sweet I’d be a Debian boy again.
But then, as I mentioned to Michael, I’m not mostly here on a Mac because of Apple. I’m here because of the cool stuff the community does with the Mac. If the Mac community offers me as much grooviness as it does now, I’ll probably still be around.
UPDATE: it’s true. News all over. Huh. Not so strange. Probably little or nothing to do with DRM. Just fast chips arriving on a reasonable schedule. Sounds like the transition will be no big deal compared to 680×0->PowerPC or OS9->OSX.
And yet it leaves me strangely sad and dissatisfied, for no rational reason, and pining for Linux. Maybe that’s just me still being bitter about getting all into JACK and having it sucked away from me by Tiger. I dunno. I’m just kinda “eh” about macs for the moment.