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[4]: Oh no..
by wirespot on Tue 6th Oct 2009 15:06 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Oh no.."
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Apple aren't the hardware OEMs, they're hardware middle men. They're a software house that pre-loads their products onto off-the-shell hardware.

Ha. This is so off the mark it's basically hallucination.

Apple is a hardware maker. Hardware is their bread and butter. The software (OS X, iTunes, ITS, AppStore) are there to make the hardware more attractive.

Have they not shown any innovation? Haven't they put any care into their hardware products? If they're really so mundane, so "off-the-shelf", why isn't the world filled with Apple-quality hardware? Why did it take Apple to turn the portable music player and smartphone markets on their heads? Why isn't everybody doing it?

Ah, could it be that the software is attractive too? Damn right. And I bet lots of companies would like to be able to bundle OS X with their own computers. Guess what: you can't.

Competition laws say why other companies SHOULD be allowed to undercut you.

Not if you break other laws in the process. And by bundling OS X you break basic copyright law. Apple made the software and Apple gets to dictate what you can do with it. You can't do what Psystar is doing. Period.

The Apple vs Psystar suits will show this. And I suggest you think really long and hard about what it would mean if Apple loses, because it would be a blow for copyright itself.

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