Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Sep 2009 16:18 UTC
Apple If you have Apple's QuickTime media player and/or iTunes installed on your Windows machine, you might want to keep an eye on apple's Software Update tool. Apple is once again using the update tool to push unwanted software onto users' machines without asking for permission.
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RE[9]: what?
by Tony Swash on Tue 29th Sep 2009 22:37 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: what?"
Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22

1) You really can't count programs built into an OS by Apple. That is like me saying "Well you can't run MS Paint so ha!" Get real examples.
2) Macs cannot run programs developed for Windows (like .exe files) without buying some sort of emulation/virtualization program first (and vice versa).
3) You can run the same kind of product (if it is developed), but it has to be programmed in a different format. Do you think the separate installation files for Windows, Linux, and Macs are just for kicks? ;)
4) Several programs (including the ones that come with my college books) only run on Windows. Most of them are homebrew or in the process of being developed.
5) Even if a Mac could run every program in the world, I would still get a PC, because then I don't have to pay tons of money for crappy hardware. Like I said before, hardware is much more important than software. It is the very base of the system.
6) When you talk about running several OS's on a computer, you seem to think that is something special. I could run the exact same thing, including OS X, on a PC (Google it), although it would be illegal. Microsoft made it legal to run Windows on any computer, but Apple makes you purchase everything from them.


Let me try to make the issue clear here as we seem to be misunderstanding each other. I responded to your original comment about one of the disadvantages that you claim that the mac has is that "the software available is limited".

My response was to point out that you can easily and perfectly legally run pretty much any software on the planet on a mac. Whether you have to use a virtualisation system running in the background to run some software (of which there are many for the mac and which are pretty inexpensive) or whether that software runs natively is irrelevant to your original point and my riposte. The software is available for the Mac - all of it.

In my experience Widows and Linux programs run very well on a Mac, you can run Windows and Linux programs on your mac without ever seeing the Windows or Linux desktops, so the background process that allows those programs to run is invisible. They just open and run on your mac.

You say that macs suffer from having less software - I say you can run more software on a Mac than on a Windows PC.

You made the original point - so I say to you tell me specifically what programs I cannot run on my Mac.

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RE[10]: what?
by JoostinOnline on Wed 30th Sep 2009 22:17 in reply to "RE[9]: what?"
JoostinOnline Member since:
2009-09-18

I have NOT been arguing that Macs cannot run pretty much all software. My point was that the software developed specifically for Macs are limited. I had thought I made that clear in my posts:

Sorry, I should have been more specific. When I said Macs, I meant Macs OS's, not OS's in a VM.


2) Macs cannot run programs developed for Windows (like .exe files) without buying some sort of emulation/virtualization program first (and vice versa).


Yes, Macs can run software for other OS's, but that is only if they use another OS. The operating system comes with a Mac cannot run as many programs on its own without additional purchases.

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RE[11]: what?
by Tony Swash on Thu 1st Oct 2009 16:10 in reply to "RE[10]: what?"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Yes, Macs can run software for other OS's, but that is only if they use another OS. The operating system comes with a Mac cannot run as many programs on its own without additional purchases.


This is getting ridiculous. Your original point was that "Macs have less software available" - logically that means you are saying there is some software somewhere than cannot run on macs (not running on a mac is what makes it unavailable) but which can run on some other unspecified platform.

I responded by pointing out that you could, legally and easily, run ANY Windows or Linux software on a Mac and challenged you to list some software that won't run on a Mac.

Instead of responding to my point you now say you can't run some software on a Mac "without additional purchases", but this point irrelevant to your original point, the software can still run on a mac and is thus available.

It seems to me that whether you use a virtualisation layer to run a piece of software on a Mac or not is irrelevant to the issue of whether your original statement that there was "less software available on macs" is valid.

You are the one that said that there was less software available for macs - and as I requested before - please list the software that you say won't run on a mac.

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