Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 18:28 UTC
Apple "I think that Apple could be just as strong and good and be open, but how can you challenge it when a company is making that much money?", Wozniak told a crowd in Sydney, according to ITNews. They'd score so many brownie points the internet would explode.
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Via it's financial success, Apple has proven that you can keep your hardware and software proprietary if the marketing and quality meets the needs of end users. This doesn't mean that there are no crashes, that there are no security issues, or even that it's the best operating system and hardware combination.

The reasons people make purchases are a lot more complicated than simple facts and right now, Apple has tapped into the right combination of efforts. There is simply no justification to gamble on the effect of an "open" company right now.

Facts have also proven that open works too:
* Redhat
* Virtualbox / Xen / KVM
* Firefox
* Apache
..and i could go on.

However I agree that there's no point in Apple open sourcing their products. They'd gain nothing but nerd points.

I'd rather see Apple open up their compatibility:
* Don't litigate against the jailbreak community (they don't have to support either, but don't criminalising users for wanting more out of their hardware)
* Allow Hackintoshes (again, they don't have to support them, just allow users the choice of an unsupported home build or a fully supported official Mac)
* And most importantly, cut all the petty bullshit App Store restrictions! Allow users to install outside of the store (even if it's an option that needs to be manually enabled), allow software to link to purchase pages etc, allow adult content.

Apple are just software manufacturers - period. So I don't want to be policed by the developers of the software I used any more than I want car manufacturers to tell me where I can or cannot drive to and what music I'm authorised to listen to on route.

Edited 2012-05-15 08:32 UTC

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