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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RE: Great news, but not about OSX
by testman on Sat 4th Jul 2009 09:18 UTC in reply to "Great news, but not about OSX"
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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.

That's my biggest beef with this entire argument; that a vocal minority feel they are entitled to ignore contractual requirements like the End User License Agreement. This isn't just a problem in IT, but in banking, telecommunications, oh… the list just goes on. It may seem harsh and unfair, but the consumer always has the option, nay a right to choose not to sign the dotted line, or click the tickbox confirming that they have read the EULA and agree to it!

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.

While far-fetched, if the terms of the purchase were such then there would have to be a very compelling reason to go ahead with the purchase; you cannot simply sign a contract and claim some percieved right to simply ignore it just because you feel your freedoms are being trampled on, man.

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.

I think its a very effective strategy; to provide a combined software and hardware package that users identify with and I daresay it is the cornerstone of Apple's success—the complete package, not just bits and pieces. If this advantage were to be eroded I and many other shareholders would take our business elsewhere, but reluctantly; Apple is a success story in a time of financial strife in the world. Hence, I hope the company persues this matter thoroughly and aggressively.

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