Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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It's simple really...
by Caliban on Sun 25th Oct 2009 17:55 UTC
Caliban
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2009-10-25

And it has nothing to do with lack of confidence, concern about purity, or any other misguided metaphor.

In the Apple business model, they make most of their money on hardware, not software.

In the Apple business model, because the operating system is tied so closely to the hardware, they are able to offer innovations--and charge a premium--that would not be possible if they had to support clones along with their own hardware.

Years ago, Apple tried allowing clones and it almost killed the company. They have no wish to repeat that experience.

Basically, you are suggesting that Apple follow the Microsoft business model. They don't want to do that and why should they? They have an approach that works them and they have every right to protect it from rip-off artists such as Pystar.

None of this should be news to you.

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RE: It's simple really...
by alcibiades on Sun 25th Oct 2009 18:31 in reply to "It's simple really..."
alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

No, he is not suggesting they follow the MS business model. MS doesn't supply installed copies of Windows on a PC. He is not suggesting Apple stop shipping hardware with OSX installed. Of course not.

He is suggesting that they either stop selling retail copies OR allow people to do what they like with their retail copies when bought.

But what they should stop doing is, sell retail copies, and then try to tell buyers what they can and cannot do with them.

Why this is supposed to mean that they stop selling bundled hardware and software? No idea.

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RE[2]: It's simple really...
by wirespot on Sun 25th Oct 2009 22:20 in reply to "RE: It's simple really..."
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

MS doesn't supply installed copies of Windows on a PC.


Are you kidding me?! That's how the vast majority of [legal] Windows copies get sold. Very seldom do people go to the store and buy a boxed copy (if only because it's so much more expensive). They usually get an OEM version with a computer, and the cost is disguised in the price of that computer.

He is suggesting that they either stop selling retail copies OR allow people to do what they like with their retail copies when bought.


How is that a problem? Apple is allowing people to do just that. Have you seen Apple sue any individual who installed OS X on non-Apple hardware? What they have a problem with is companies who want to undermine their business model by producing Mac clones against Apple's express wishes and legal license.

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