Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Jul 2009 00:40 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Now this is interesting news that hit my inbox at 2:22 AM (don't ask). It seems like the concept of selling Mac clones is more lucrative than many have anticipated, as I've just been informed via email that the German PearC has expanded its business into the BeNeLux (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) and France. Together with the news that Psystar emerged from chapter 11, it looks like the market for Mac clones is more lucrative than many of us had imagined.
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Yes, they will say f--k to Microsoft. But the difference is Microsoft choose from the beginning to be a software company. And Apple choose a different commercial model.

No one so far is really clear about which model really suit software business. The open source movement shows that treating software as a standalone product neither really generate good software, nor getting good money from it. Maybe software is just another way to improve productivity, and in order to making money from it, you need to sell some concrete things embodying it. As in the old age you can really make good money from a way to improve productivity, you have to sell machine using that way to get the improved productivity. A *way* itself is too inmaterial. To make money from an inmaterial leads to 1) have a difficult to prevent others stealing the idea, 2) have a difficult to advance the whole technical level of world because the owner of the inmaterial will keep it too secret.

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