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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"It's the economy, stupid..."

I like Apple, well, I mean, I use a Mac, and PC, with Windows and Linux on it, so I am not being partisan here.

The world economy is in bad shape - and this has been recognized by Apple I think in its recent upspeccing of machines while prices have come down, relative to previous Apple bang for buck.

Also, those who live by the sword, die by the sword - if you rely on markets, then it's precisely keeping up with what established and even potential customers demand that's going to keep you in business. If you make a decision not to address a certain known niche, you either lose that potential custom per se, or someone else will seek to address it.

Apple is choosing steadfastly not to respond to this niche, that's fine but the choice has consequences for Apple, ones that they seek to deal with not through being in the market but through legal channels. That's also Apple's choice but it may mean that they will be hoist by one of their own legal petards. The situation will evolve, they may raise the cost of retail versions of OS X, or make it more dificult to hack onto non-Apple branded hardware, etc., etc.

Meanwhile, in the background, in a very small way, there may be alternative systems that come to provide the market relief that customers seemingly seek - PCBSD and iXsystems new hardware range, for example.

I do not think it is just OS X envy, myself - as long as it's simple to use, is versatile, and allows people to do what they normally do with computers (a little office work, a few games, surfing, etc.) while being relatively secure, it will have appeal.

I would personally like to see a comparative review of the iXsystems laptop with PC-BSD preinstalled and pre-configured once it's out with a MacBook or MacBook Pro.

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