Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Jul 2009 12:13 UTC
Microsoft With Apple doing really, really well, and with Microsoft having its first sets of negative figures since the company's founding, Microsoft CEO points his arrows towards Cupertino. In a talk to members of the press and analyst community, Ballmer talked about Microsoft vs. Apple.
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Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

I think you're wrong.

I think sbergman27 meant competitors to Apple who can build OSX systems when he said the OSX market.

Also, how did Sun lock down Solaris customers more than Apple? By limiting their choice in hardware?
There are still a number of system vendors that ship Sparc-based systems. Fujitsu has made servers for a while. Tadpole still makes laptops. Other companies sell competing hardware (though, many use Sun's own chips). Solaris has also run on x86 for a while. That means several different vendors to choose from to run Solaris.

Or, did you mean tying customers to Solaris by making it hard for software to be ported to competing architectures? It's no different from any other Unix, with variations on mostly standard APIs.

This type of lock-in seems less so with Apple, but mostly because it's easy to build generic Unix stuff on OSX. Apple does use a lot of popular free software instead of rolling their own (Which the Unix vendors were already doing before the free versions were good). That does make porting easier. However, OSX lock-in is nearly at the Windows level if you don't want to use X-Windows to provide GUI.

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