Linked by David Adams on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 15:55 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Windows By all early reports, Windows 8 is going to be a good operating system. Microsoft's hegemony may be crumbling in a mobile computing onslaught, but its core empire remains undimmed. However, whereas Windows 7 had three versions, Windows 8 will apparently be ballooning to 9 versions.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

Morgan,

"I think you missed my point; the hardware was rock-solid under Windows and GNU/Linux. Mac OS X was specifically designed for the hardware Apple commissioned for it, and having almost-but-not-quite-the-same hardware means having hacked drivers from the various OSX86 sites."

Oh I see. It's possible apple has an incentive to make OSX less stable on non-apple hardware, but that's pure conjecture, and I hope they wouldn't actually do that.

"They know they can't support every old PC configuration out there, but if a few hard-nosed geeks want to fuss around with OSX86".

I think it would be more than a "few hard-nosed geeks" though. Possibly a very significant proportion of home users would be interested if they were able to pick a mac OS based computer cheaply. Presumably they'd be sold in stores by hardware manufacturers who've certified their compatibility, so there shouldn't be unsupported hardware. I think it would be very popular, but it would risky if apple wanted to remain a "hardware company".

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

"They know they can't support every old PC configuration out there, but if a few hard-nosed geeks want to fuss around with OSX86".

I think it would be more than a "few hard-nosed geeks" though. Possibly a very significant proportion of home users would be interested if they were able to pick a mac OS based computer cheaply. Presumably they'd be sold in stores by hardware manufacturers who've certified their compatibility, so there shouldn't be unsupported hardware. I think it would be very popular, but it would risky if apple wanted to remain a "hardware company".

Considering that Apple have recently ditched their lowest-end MacBook line, only leaving the arguably inferior Air in a similar price range, I think it's fair to say that they are not interested in pumping less money from customers.

As my father says, "there is a bunch of reasons why I buy Macs, but price is not likely to be ever part of these".

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