Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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RE: used to love osnews
by mjhi11 on Fri 17th Sep 2010 20:32 UTC in reply to "used to love osnews"
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Adicahya, I definitely need to jump in here and re-iterate that there's been no change in the mission or editorial content.

The good folks at were kind enough to publish a fan/reader submission and I felt motivated to point out a few of the benefits and positives Apple has brought to the technology table and to balance (in my opinion) some of the negative commentary about Apple's policies, technology, etc. that shows up in posts by the regular authors here at and the comments area.

To your point, was also kind enough to publish an article that may be a little more to your liking. Several weeks ago I submitted an article about running Breadbox Ensemble (formerly known as PC/GEOS and GeoWorks and ironically an OS that was popular on several PDAs many years ago and an OS that positioned itself later as a phone based OS like Symbian in the early days of smart phones, though it received little traction). In fact we get two for the price of one as my mission was to get Breadbox Ensemble (PC/GEOS) to run on the latest release of eComStation (formerly OS/2)!

With that said, often there are discussions here about trends in the industry, debates about open source versus commercial software, hardware, software and occasionally even games.

I am surprised that the majority of comments have hinged on only one of the points I raised, the so-called "Apple Tax". Even though I wrote the article and I stand by my conclusions, there's plenty of room for debate. Here are just a few points that I'd like to see debated...

Apple Store Pricing - Apple's pressuring developers to "underprice" their applications so Apple's not out anything, it's the poor developer who's really making the sacrifice.

Music Pricing - Apple pushed for this price point not because they care for their customers, and they're not concerned at all whether the music industry is profitable, they only want to sell iPods which is where the real money is.

Family Pricing - This whopper can really get the debate going between whether customers "own" the software (first purchase) or whether it's licensed. And you could point out that with free open source software paying even $150 for 3 licenses it too much.

Proprietary Lock In - Some have touched on this issue but I'm somewhat surprised this topic hasn't been debated in more depth as well as good points can be made on both sides of the issue, giving up a little freedom for convenience or ease of use, versus open standards which long term are better for consumers as that insures interoperability.

I do appreciate your comments, and I don't believe the regular authors here were being "catty" with their reply. On the contrary, they've been more than generous and open to competing opinions and eager to post reader submissions to counter a prior article, encourage debate, or better inform their readership.

See it as a good too can have a forum here to share your experiences in computing, with a particular OS or to inform other readers!

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