Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Oct 2009 21:45 UTC, submitted by JayDee
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just when you thought you saw it all. So, we all know about Psystar, the two lawsuits between them and Apple, and all the other stuff that's been regurgitated about ten million times on OSNews alone. Well, that little company has taken its business to the next level - by announcing an OEM licensing program.
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RE: What I would like...
by alcibiades on Tue 6th Oct 2009 09:38 UTC in reply to "What I would like..."
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Apple's problem is, Macs are simply PCs. There is no difference in hardware terms except that Apple has chosen to use EFI. The only difference between a Mac so called and a PC is where you bought it. A Mac is just a generic PC, but bought from Apple. Mostly they are a weird selection of standard components - a mixture usually of an insanely expensive processor coupled with mid range disk, memory and graphics cards. Well, the graphics cards are sometimes decidedly bargain basement.

Whatever, they may be configurations no sensible person would assemble if they had a choice, but they are configurations of standard PC parts, so they are just standard, if somewhat weird, PCs.

So their problem is that they have to find some way of marking the fact that the hardware has been bought from Apple, if they want to keep on with the prohibition. This is not down to Psystar, it is down to the way Apple chooses to conduct its business, and the evolution of the industry. Apple would have the exact same problem with or without Psystar. It is like blaming a particular mountain for a landslide, when the problem is, the villages are in an earthquake zone.

Apple is trying to implement its model by legal restraints, which seem likely to fail. Then it will have to fall back on technical ones. EFI worked for a while, but has now fallen, as it always was going to, being an open standard. What else is left? Product activation? Special codes? All of the above. But using them to restrict where a guy buys his PC is going to get real interesting. Its much easier to use this stuff to stop illegal copying. Using it to control the source of parts is a real challenge. In the end, the only thing you could hope to control is the main board. Are they really going to put a special chip on the otherwise standard main boards? And somehow stop that being defeated in about a week? It will any way turn into a public relations disaster. At some point the story stops being 'integration' and starts being 'Apple willfully crippling hardware'.

I think they will try, but basically, its over. It was over when they went to x86, not that there was any real choice in the matter. Its surprising that it has taken so long.

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