Linked by David Adams on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 15:55 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Windows By all early reports, Windows 8 is going to be a good operating system. Microsoft's hegemony may be crumbling in a mobile computing onslaught, but its core empire remains undimmed. However, whereas Windows 7 had three versions, Windows 8 will apparently be ballooning to 9 versions.
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Exactly right, and I really wonder why it took them until 10.6 to figure that out. Or was it that they simply felt they could no longer get away with duping their own rabid customers? After all, the bigger the Mac using community gets, the savvier they collectively become.

I also find it interesting that the price dropped around the time the OSX86 movement peaked. I can tell you from personal experience that I would much rather run OS X on a "real" Mac than even the most compatible homemade clone. I specifically sought out hardware that would be a near perfect match for the Developer Transition Kits, except I went for a Core 2 Duo board for future Snow Leopard compatibility. After weeks of struggling I finally ended up with a nice fake Mac. Then a little glitch here, a random reboot there, a kernel panic every few days...I was done. I was so ready for a "real" Mac I would have settled for another G4 mini.

I honestly think Apple was just fine with people trying OS X on their PCs; after all, the hardware is their real revenue stream, the OS is just a hefty selling point. They can price it at $5 just to cover the cost of overhead and they will be happy because that customer is entrenched as an iContent consumer for another 12-18 months...just in time to buy the latest iMac or MacBook!

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