From MM frontpage<br>[b]<br>February 10 - 13:06 ESTĘĘ In a six-page Fortune article (subscription required), Apple CEO Steve Jobs says that Microsoft is still copying the Mac operating system and that three PC makers are wanting to use Mac OS X with their machines. Jobs said Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" will have everything Microsoft wants its Longhorn OS to have. "They copied the original Mac with Windows 95," Jobs said, "and now they're going to be copying us again." The article also notes that "three of the biggest PC makers are wooing Jobs to let them license OS X and adapt it to computers built around standard Intel chips. Why? They want to offer customers, many of whom are sick of the security problems that go with Windows and tired of waiting for Longhorn, an alternative. And besides, Apple has buzz now, and Microsoft does not." <br><br>
Loc: The Wizard's Balcony
So, why won't Apple license their os to other computer makers? It seems like it would be a boon to their business if they did.<br><br>I mean, sure, they wouldn't probably sell anymore hardware once people could run OS X on a $500 piece of equipment, but so what? It sure worked for M$. And if they really wanted to, they could set it up so that you could only have certain features if you ran their hardware.<br><br>I've been curious about that for awhile now.<br><br>
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
Why post stuff from THIS websites news page?<br><br>I'm guessing most people check it fairly regularly. And if you're going to post quotes, why not also post a link to its source (whether it's subscriber-only or not)? And why not offer some of your own thoughts about whatever it is your're drawing our attention to? I could post hundreds of uncommented quotes per day from all the junk I run across. But I don't unless they're rarified or interesting enough that they compel me to offer my slant on them. <br><br>I'm not telling what or what not to post. I'm just curious about your motivations—I guess I simply don't quite understand your style of item posting and referencing. And don't even get me started about blind links like <A HREF=http://www.this-is-funny-haw-haw.com>[color:DARKCYAN]<U>This is funny. HAW HAW!!!</U></FONT></A>...I hate those fsckers.<br><br>
Yes sir please forgive me sir. And could you please compile a list of regulations you would like us all to comply to. Thanks <br>Oh and here's mine. Why do people feel compelled to bitch about what people post? If you're not interested move on. That's what I do.<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Michael on 02/10/05 03:51 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
Michael, please.<br><br>I explained clearly that I'm not telling anyone what or what not to post. I stated as much in those exact words.<br><br>My post was a simple query wondering about why you (or anyone, for that matter) will take the time to post something without offering anything beyond the quoted material. No personal take on the matter—even if only one sentence—no link to the original source URL. Nothing. If I was was up for that stuff, I can get all I want on my own. And I do. And so does everybody else, each in their own way. <br><br>I visit places like this in order to share ideas with people I've gotten to know. I want to know what THEY think about the subject-of-the-minute. I'm sure most folks visit for the same reason.<br><br>RAw posts are like raw potatoes. They're edible, but not very tasty. Apparently I made you a wee bit uncomfortable by pointing out the nakedness of your post?<br><br>If so, sorry. Now that I realize you're so thin-skinned and quick to take personal umbrage when none was meant, I'll ease up on your fragile ego. I'll take care not to question anything anyone does. I'm sure we'd all be happier clams if we all behaved that way, eh?.<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by SparkCollector on 02/10/05 06:44 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
As you may or may not know, Apple did once license the OS, and Jobs killed it when he returned to Apple in '96/'97. <br><br>Basically what happened was by that time (as is the case now,) Apple's market share was pretty small, so cheaper Macs from outside vendors were cutting way into Apple's hardware margins. <br><br>If they do license OS X, they should get out of the desktop hardware business . Otherwise, they'd be competing with themselves. <br><br>MS can do it because of economies of scale. They get $30-$40 per XP license because we're talking tens of millions of PCs. Apple makes much more than that per machine, so they would have to charge more. <br><br>I would love it though....more choice!<br><br>
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