Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Oct 2009 21:45 UTC, submitted by JayDee
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just when you thought you saw it all. So, we all know about Psystar, the two lawsuits between them and Apple, and all the other stuff that's been regurgitated about ten million times on OSNews alone. Well, that little company has taken its business to the next level - by announcing an OEM licensing program.
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Sorry, but that is just what they are doing. If you want OS X, then you must also buy their crappy computer. This limits the choice of the people that do not have an Apple built PC.

Yes. But it's not against the law. Not if they don't force you to get Apple computers, not as long as you can get other computers and other operating systems.

One particular combination of tied-together OS + hardware is not illegal, as long as you can get other OS and other hardware.

It is not really fair, that you can install Windows on their hardware, but at the same time it is not legal to install their operating system to a PC, that is manufactured by someone else.

That's because Microsoft allows you to run Windows on whatever you can. They're not a PC hardware company themselves so they don't care. But Apple is, and they have to consider competition.

That might change in the future, by the way. If Microsoft ever decides to build its own computers, it will suddenly find itself in direct competition with existing PC manufacturers. Don't be so surprised if Windows 8 (or whatever they'll call it) will say it can only be installed on Microsoft PCs. They are building their own brick-and-mortar stores already, do they not? I doubt it's just for Zune and Xbox and keyboards and mice. They must have more in mind. Smartphones and PCs might be next.

Look, I'm with you on this one. I feel the unfairness myself. I use Linux. If I want to buy music from the iTunes Store I need iTunes. It doesn't run on Linux. So I need to buy Windows or OS X, which is already crazy since I'm paying for the music itself. Only I can't use OS X unless I also buy a Mac. And so on and so forth.

Apple has built a bubble of tightly interwoven products and services. To buy into one of them means you have to buy into all. And as much as I hate that, as long as there are alternatives to everything they offer, I can't complain.

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