Re: Is Apple Testing The Watters?
- From: ZnU <znu@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 03:20:57 -0400
In article <qdrbi.12323$y_7.3361@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
"John Slade" <hhitman86@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"ZnU" <znu@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Not the silliest theory I've heard. However, I don't think Apple wants
to mess around with having to support all the junk out there in the
Windows world. Plus, to really gain market share (and they'd have to, if
you look at how much money they'd make off a copy of OS X vs. how much
they make off of a Mac), they'd need OEM pre-install deals, and it's
practically impossible for anyone to get those, because of Microsoft's
No they wouldn't. They would just need to produce drivers and get third
party hardware makers to do the same. What made Windows 95 so great was that
it had a lot of drivers. It was easy to get up and running on any given
system. Sure there were problems but the vast majority of people could
install and get to work. This is one of the things made Microsoft the
powerhouse it is today. Of course all those drivers is one thing that causes
people to say Windows is "bloated". It might be bloated but the vast
majority get it to run out of the box.
If Apple wants OS X to be an OS people could just go out and buy, and
install on whatever hardware they had lying around, they'll need drivers
for most of the Windows-Compatible hardware in existence. And they'll
need them from day one, or there will be a lot of unhappy campers. This
is completely implausible.
Lacking this, OS X would only be installable on a small subset of
hardware. If you have to go out and buy new hardware to run the OS, why
not just buy a Mac?
And why is running OS X on a Dell supposed to be so much more appealing
than running it on a Mac anyway?
Because it's better for the home user in some areas. One of the main
new features of Leopard is Time Machine. TM needs an aditional HD to make
the backup solution of TM truly viable. On an iMac or Mini, those HDs have
to be external. External is slower and defeats the purpose of having a cute
little computer that supposedly doesn't clutter up the desk. This is one of
Apple's main selling points.
If Apple thought this was a significant issue, they'd make consumer
machines with two internal hard drives. Releasing OS X for generic x86
hardware to solve these kinds of problems would be like hunting deer
with nuclear weapons.
Macs are basically the same price, for
Are you saying that with a straight face or is your tounge in your
It has been demonstrated literally hundreds of times in this newsgroup.
The iMac is not particularly competitive right now because it hasn't
been refreshed in a pretty long time, but this will likely be resolved
in a matter of weeks.
And again, if Apple wanted to sell OS X on cheap computers, there is
absolutely no technical barrier whatsoever to Apple shipping its own
I think it's more likely that Apple is shipping Safari for Windows
because Apple sees the browser finally emerging as a major applications
platform, and wants a horse in that race.
LOL. I hate to break the news to you and Apple but with Java and other
things, browsers have been major apps platforms for years. I've been using
software for years that run using Java. Many of the apps are run from web
pages as Java is fully integrated with many browsers. Adobe Flash uses the
same concept of platform independent languages, Flash is that for animation.
Yes, but it's only in the last couple of years, particularly with the
rise of Google's suite of apps, that this stuff has gone mainstream and
people are talking about such apps as reasonable alternatives to desktop
apps in some markets.
Once again, you guys think that Apple "innovates" something that us
Windows, OS X and Linux users have been using for years.
I never said Apple had anything to do with the browser becoming a
serious platform for applications. All I said was that now that it is
becoming one, Apple wants a horse in the race.
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about him is that I read three--three or four books about him last year. Isn't
- George W. Bush to reporter Kai Diekmann, May 5, 2006
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