Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Jan 2009 20:55 UTC
Apple It appears that Apple is not just going after Psystar when it comes to running Mac OS X on non-Apple branded computers. Wired's gadget blog was running a story, accompanied by a video, demonstrating how to install Mac OS X on a non-Apple netbook. After Apple contacted Wired, the website took down the video.
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Cutting off their nose?
by steogede2 on Thu 15th Jan 2009 16:38 UTC
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I recently installed OS X on a Netbook, very similar to the one shown in the article. Now it is working I have quite happily bought a boxed retail copy of OS X. Some of the posters here have mentioned that someone buying a Netbook and buying a copy of OS X to put on it is in someway damaging to Apples finances.

Personally, if someone decides to buy a PC and a copy of OS X to make a hackintosh, I don't see how that hurts Apple.

I had £400 to spend on a laptop and I wanted a Netbook - Apple don't make Netbook and £400 won't get me anything except maybe a Mac Mini. So what have Apple lost? They were never going to make a sale otherwise, as it is they've got £83 for a copy of OSX which will never cost them a penny in support (not like I'm gonna ring them and complain). They gained a fan who might buy a Mac Mini in the future, or Mac laptop, or further copies of OS X. Okay, I will never buy a Mac Pro, but not because I can build a Hackintosh, purely because it is overpriced mediocre hardware.

At the end of the day a box copy of OS X isn't an 'upgrade'. If they want to label it as an upgrade and start charging £150 for a full unsupported (i.e. as supported as MS-Windows) version, then I will probably pay the extra for the software (which is what I want) rather than the hardware (which I can take or leave, for the most part).

Apple need to decide if they are technology company or an exclusive club. It seems at present they are trying very hard to remain the latter.

An interesting fact, the company where my brother works many of the highup managers have company Mac Book Pros - purely as status symbols, these Macs dual boot, but OS X rarely sees the light of day (they stick to Windows which they know and *feel* safe with). Apple aren't interested in selling a great operating system, they are interested in selling over-priced prestige hardware, which just happens to be able to run a great operating system (and OS X too).

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