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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Alfman
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2011-01-28

Morgan,

"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..."

Many people build lin/win systems which don't crash that often. Reputable hardware is fairly reliable. The majority of crashes are caused by faulty software. It's always possible that it's the hardware, but if you bought good components with a correctly spec'ed power supply, then you'd need to have more evidence than MacOS crashing to convince me it's the hardware. What does memtest say?

Yes, I know someone might think that MacOS is reliable on apple hardware, therefor the other hardware must be faulty. But the fact is apple have the benefit of coding for a homogeneous product line and they needn't bother testing their code against a broader hardware base.

"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."

I think if Apple allowed MacOS on generic hardware then there would be a huge demand for it. Ultimately that would be great for their OS popularity, but bad for their PC products. People buy apple hardware because they want MacOS. Their new OS pricing would have to reflect lost hardware sales. Also, I imagine there's work involved before it'd be ready for generic use.

After killing Psystar though, I doubt this is in the deck. But if they did it then MacOS would be more within my price range; it'd offer a serious contender to the windows desktop monopoly for typical users.

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