Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Sep 2010 22:09 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There's this hole here at OSNews, a hole left when Psystar was dealt a devastating blow by Apple's legal team. That whole saga provided a nice steady stream of news articles that's been dried up for a while. However, Psystar was not the only clone maker out there - what happened to Quo Computer, that clone maker with an actual real-world store front? They're still here, and just launched a new product.
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RE[5]: Good luck...
by pbassjunk on Fri 10th Sep 2010 19:20 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Good luck..."
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No, the example is completely sound. Whether you are buying a truck or a piece of software/hardware, you are entering into a financial transaction between 2 or more parties which has any number government-backed guarantees (and any derivative transactions): resale, reasonable expectation of performance/usage, minimal warranty, etc.

When you purchase a copy of OSX (I've personally purchased 4 - all for the same computer.. long story), whether or not Apple could possibly lose a hardware sale is irrelevant. Sure, they could be 'missing out' on a sale of an iMac/Pro to someone who would buy a Quo/Psystar, but that doesn't invalidate my transaction buying OSX, nor does it validate a lost sale to Apple.

I own a PC. I also own a Hyundai Tucson. I prefer OSX to Windows. I also prefer the sound I get from a Ford car CD player. I buy OSX from the local comp shop. I also buy a Ford CD player from a local car shop...

Hyundai can't stop me from installing that Ford player in my Hyundai car. Ford can't stop me from installing it in my non-Ford car. The same goes for OSX. Just because it's not a physical product doesn't diminish the rights of the purchaser.

Additionally, buying only a Ford CD player doesn't mean Ford lost a sale of a car. The only thing you can assert is that Ford sold a CD player. Suppose I prefer an Apple wireless keyboard (another readily available Apple product to anyone who wants to $$$ it) over Logitech or Microsoft and want to use it with Windows.. this also doesn't mean Apple missed out on a sale of a Mac.

*lost revenue from a lost sale is simple accounting CYA hyperbole to explain away almost anything a shareholder or board wouldn't like hearing. Buying a Hyundai after test driving a Ford doesn't mean Ford lost that sale, even though accounting would want you to believe it. No transaction ever occurred. The only way Ford does lose a sale is 1) after the transaction, and 2) the transaction is nullified. Again, the same situation applies to Apple*

**obviously none of this applies if you stole the car radio, you pirated OSX, or bought a GM :-) **

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