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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Great news, but not about OSX
by alcibiades on Sat 4th Jul 2009 07:54 UTC
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Yes, this is excellent news, and the bigger PearC gets, and the more places it operates in, the better. And the more companies join it in defying the Apple EULA, the better. And the reason has nothing to do with 'the Mac experience' or OSX, or the fortunes of Apple. It has to do with companies that think they can sell copies of their software at retail, and then tell us what we can do with it after we have bought it. Whether this is what environment we may install it in, or what we may do with the files we generate with it, or what content we use it to access....and so on.

Or for that matter, companies that think they can sell us tools, and then tell us whether we can use them in way of trade, or only for DIY.

Or for that matter, companies that think they can sell us appliances, and then tell us what clothes we may wash in them and what parts we may repair them with and what soap powder we may use in them.

I have no problem at all with Apple restricting the use of OSX to Apple sourced machines. Feel perfectly free to do that. I don't think its a sensible business strategy, but its their own business. Just like I have no problem with Maytag making machines that require a special sort of soap powder.

What I have a problem with is them insisting on selling retail copies that are installable on non-Apple sourced machines, and then demanding legal powers to prevent this rather than implementing the restraints by technical means.

There is no reason why we should give the entire software industry, or manufacturers in general, draconian powers to limit our freedom, just so Apple can implement their business strategy in this one particular technically lazy way.

They want to restrict OSX, feel free. Do some work, and do it. Don't try to take legal powers against buyers of your retail packages which no supplier should have against his customers.

Edited 2009-07-04 07:55 UTC

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