Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:00 UTC, submitted by Sonia Mehta
Apple "I want Vista to be a better OS than it's been promoted to be, but at the same time, I also want OS X to finally receive the public adoption that it deserves. Now is the time for Apple to creatively promote its Macintosh platform with OS X. This is the critical hour, and if Apple is able to take advantage of the uneasy feeling that many have towards Vista, then they could attract an untold amount of new users."
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by jessta on Fri 15th Sep 2006 02:31 UTC in reply to "..."
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OSX is nice and stable because Apple can control the hardware that it runs on.
They can create a minimum of hardware drivers and make sure that they are good.

A large amount of the stablity issues people have with windows are related to cheap hardware with badly written and untested drivers.

Making OSX available on generic hardware would mean more work for Apple in supporting all the hardware and less profitable because they have to directly compete with Microsoft in a software market instead of getting the extra profit they make from the hardware sales.

- Jesse McNelis

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by alcibiades on Fri 15th Sep 2006 11:02 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Its a myth of course - one of the many. It may not be the right thing to do, to release MacOS from Apple hardware, but not for this reason.

It is not true that non-Apple supported hardware is any worse quality or any lower priced than what they do support.

It is also not true that Windows stability issues are caused by hardware and drivers. They are mostly caused by malware.

In addition, Windows now is (except for the malware issue) at least as stable as OS X.

Nor is it true that Apple would have to write lots of drivers. The manufacturers would write the drivers, as they do now.

This is one of those things that was true about 10 years ago. If you were comparing Classic with Windows 3.1 or even Win 95, there was a case to be made that the anarchical situation in hardware and the lack of standards and expertise for drivers meant lesser stability. But it has not been true for a long time now, and its very hard to understand why Mac advocates keep on repeating it, like some sort of magic incantation, over and over again. The world has changed guys.

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