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[3]: What I would like...
by jabbotts on Tue 6th Oct 2009 15:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What I would like..."
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How many people are willing to build their own machine? A very slim percentage, no matter how nice OS X is.

I think the concern is people gaining the choice of buying osX from other retailers who are willing to build their own machine with osX on it.

And since we're talking about it, I see many people saying "Macs are just like PCs, built from standard components". Good, then what's stopping other manufacturers from producing stuff that's just as good? And if they are, then why can't you use that stuff and covet a Mac at all?

It's not about coveting Apple's hardware. It's about installing Apple's coveted software on better and/or more affordable hardware than they choose to sell it on. Other manufacturers are producing equal if not better hardware and consumers are asking for osX installed on that hardware instead of Apple's.

On the software side, many do choose BSD or other user liberating platforms but some people want osX and it really should be about consumer choice not company dictation.

people are under the illusion that if they just take the OS and put it on hardware they built themselves they'll get the same experience for cheaper.

No body is "just take[ing] the OS", it's sold on retail shelves, Apple still gets the profit margin it is sold at. No theft is taking place. Also, people are not under the illusion that they will get the same or better experience; they actually *are* getting the same or better experience by putting osX on hardware better than what Apple provides.

What's stopping Psystar, or any OEM, from putting together an equally nice machine and building an equally nice OS?

That's probably the reall interesting question right there. I'd personally like to see hardware companies focus on preinstalls of other OS outside of Windows and osX. I mean seriously make an effort not EeepC + Xandros kind of half-try. I'm biased though as I'd benefit from the hopefully resulting hardware vendor awareness leading to better hardware support for my own platform choices. Imagine the consumer benefits of a truly consumer driven healthy capitalist computer market. No more "oh, but our newest hardware only works with XYZ because we choose to ignore your second-class citizen platform."

Psystar devoting budget to sweet hardware packages and working with Connonical for solid *buntu installs would be a welcome site for many I suspect. I'd be happy with the hardware driver support being passed back to Debian as a side-benefit.

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