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Mac OS X PC License: Woz was right?
Hi Hackintosh community.
I'm a newly-subscribed user that wants to get his own Hackintosh working (I did it once, but the DVD Drive, a SATA NEC 2500A breaks my dreams of glory each time I retry...) and, surfing on the Web, I found some sites that say basically this thing: Steve "Woz" Wozniak wanted Mac OS LICENSED for all IBM-compatible PCs, for gain Apple the leadership against Microsoft.
Leaving the 1992-1997 period, the most prolificous era of Mac-Clones, what do you think if someday Jobs would release a "PC-Licensed" copy of Mac OS?
Best "Happy New year" wishes.
It won't happen anytime soon and it would get away from what an apple is. It would turn into a microsoft type of product, as you can tell hackint0sh already isn't easy to do and people complain all the time about how slow it is or how it doesn't work on this drive, but does another and so forth. Why would mac let people get into the same situation as microsoft?
Originally Posted by mgs_ita
I think Apple should release a PC version of OS X, here's how!
I just signed up and noticed this topic and figured I would share my two cents.
First of all I am writing this on my Hackintosh, a Compaq Presario CQ60, and it 's running fine! It's running fast, and stable. There are some minor drawbacks.
1.) No Wireless, but I'm going to get a USB stick compatible with OS X Leopard. Problem solved, ugly USB stick hangin' off the side of my laptop, bummer! But it will work, and eventually a patched KEXT file will emerge.
2.) Power Management. works. The power icon and meter work. Pretty accurate, but some of the "real" power management options don't. Not a huge deal. I shut down the machine when I'm not using it, and closing the lid does put it to sleep. So, it's all good. Battery does last longer on OS X then it did on Win7
That's about it, everything else works great.
Onto the fun part of my reply; Why apple should allow ANYONE to use the OS
I kinda think that not allowing people to buy a copy of OS X without the shiny apple hardware is quite hypocritical. Apple has billed themselves as a company that thinks "different" and as a company that was about the users, and not the corporate stock holders. In reality this is quite untrue. Apple is more corporate than ever and has successfully made people want macs and other apple products because of its image more than anything else.
The OS works Great! and I love the fact that I am using it on my PC laptop. I don't really care about the shiny silver mac styling. It's pretty but not really important to me. Apple dropepd their "computer" part of the name and became Apple, Inc. I think that's when the old school values fell away too.
Apple user groups used to be a cool place to hang out, but for some reason they have kinda died out. Apple has gone very mainstream, and as they gained more market share, and hit us with clever commercials somthing about the "old" apple company has vanished.
I've noticed that Apple just does their thing, markets it, and then the masses go running to the apple store. But sadly at the end of the day Apple doesn't really support it's user group like they used to. And sometimes, when a die hard mac user goes into one of their rants about MS, or PCs I just can't help thing that it's a life style choice for them and they feel threatened when someone doesn't think apple is so perfect.
If anything Apple is just great at marketing, and have succesfully bundled the hardware and software. But it's mostly about selling the OS anyway. The hook is that you have to buy their hardware.
I dream for a day when I can choose the hardware, and then choose the OS and viola! My Personal Computer. I would love to see a day when apple and MS users don't compete. I think there are so many options available, we can all build our PC's for US, that would be thinking different for sure.
I've been a PC user for years, and work in the field. I've used MS OS's and OS X, even as far back as OS 7. I just plain love computers. I am really loving this OS X install on the Compaq.
Here is how apple can release the OS for other hardware without risking too much.
1.) Apple already has a very small list of device manufacturers that help create what we all call a Mac. So, if apple does decide to release OS X for everyone, they can basically come out with a hardware list and say "Here's what we support". Once they do that, the PC OEMs can then create Apple certified packages.
2.) Charge more for a non apple hardware version of the OS. For example MS already charges over $300 for a full copy of Win7 Ultimate. So, if apple sells the Mac version of OS X for $149, why not sell the other version for more? I would pay $300 for a copy that I could pop in my machine, and switch to OS X without haveing to "hack" anything.
Part of the reason I feel this way is that I am tired of upgrading. Sometimes I hate to think of all the gadgets and computers that I've owned, that I just had to have, that I later sold because I upgraded, or felt the need to, or was told I needed to in a commercial.
Very clever there boob tube for telling me what to buy. I fell for it again!
So, the point is I spent $700 on my Compaq laptop a year ago, and I even put a beta copy of win7 on this laptop, and I liked it. Better than Vista. Let's also face the fact that if MS hasn't released an OS that really is better than OS X by now, is it ever gonna happen?
I already spent $700 on this laptop and want to keep it, so if I could walk into the Apple Store and walk out with a copy of OS X that would just install and work on my Compaq without a hack I would do it in a heart beat.
If I want a "real" mac, which I can't afford, I have to sell this one, for less than I paid for it. Probably way less. Then save another $500 bucks, or more and then get a mac. Problem is I don't want to go through all that hassle of selling this one, fighting off nigerian scammers on craigslist and working out times to meet people in a public place just so they can fondle my laptop, offer me less money for it and not buy it. What a waste!
Just one trip to the Apple store and then I could have OS X. Or hack it like I already did.
The main problem is that there are tons of hardware companies on the PC side. But if you look at it this way a new mac is a PC with OS X anyway, it's just silver and shiny and will go great with your Ikea furniture.
Why not Apple? Give the people what they want, a great OS, and let us choose the hardware (that you kinda choose for us..lol) and we all win.
Just my two cents.
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