Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Jul 2009 00:40 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Now this is interesting news that hit my inbox at 2:22 AM (don't ask). It seems like the concept of selling Mac clones is more lucrative than many have anticipated, as I've just been informed via email that the German PearC has expanded its business into the BeNeLux (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) and France. Together with the news that Psystar emerged from chapter 11, it looks like the market for Mac clones is more lucrative than many of us had imagined.
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by kaiwai on Sat 4th Jul 2009 04:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: :)"
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I'll agree with you there -- I feel like clone manufacturers shouldn't be selling these things in actual stores, but instead only online with a "build to order" type setups.

Even then I don't think Apple would be comfortable - about the only plausible compromise I can see is if Apple has a standard motherboard what vendors base their clone upon. If they standardise the motherboard along with the firmware and so forth - it would remove 99% of the incompatibilities that exist.

Then what happens is the vendor can populate the board with video cards, decide the memory, hard disk size, the case it comes in and so forth.

Unfortunately, it seems like a "slippery slope" either way; if you allow the clone makers to exist, the brand dilution is bound to happen, whereas if you don't, you implicitly acknowledge a company's ability to legally restrict what a customer can do with a purchased product, which could lead to all sorts of crazy restrictions.

Personally, I'd say the former outcome is preferable to the latter.

I personally don't see anything wrong with saying, "you can only use this product with this piece of hardware" considering that they're made to go together - any more than a vendor saying that you can't download a firmware update and retrofit it to work with another companies device. There are numerous precedents from devices to game consoles over the nature of software bundled with the hardware.

Mac OS X is Apples customised operating system for their hardware, the retail version of their operating is a customised operating system for their operating system. It is no different than an OEM who has a custom version of Windows they bundle and restricting it so you can't use it on other hardware (by moving the licence from one computer to another) - OEM's also sell customised versions of Windows for their customers. For example, I bought a Toshiba and was able to buy an upgrade DVD direct from Toshiba to upgrade it to Windows Vista - that was locked to my Toshiba and couldn't be used on other hardware.

If people find that Apples policies are too restrictive - don't purchase it. If enough people refuse to purchase their products then Apple will get the message and change their policy. That is no different to the iPhone - if the AT&T deal is so cruddy, so egregious, then don't purchase it, go with another carrier and purchase a phone of a similar nature (there are 4 phone producers whom I can think of which produce touch based phones).

Edited 2009-07-04 04:16 UTC

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