"RussianMac" to Enter Dubiously-Lucrative Mac Ripoff Market

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tkid124

While most of my comments are defending company’s rights, maybe it’s my anti-Apple bias, but if Microsoft said that you could only install its software on their hardware, I hope I’d be a little ticked off. Apple has decided, that they are a PC maker, OS creator, and software designer, yet they have in their EULA that you can’t use their software on anyone else’s hardware but theirs, something is fishy in the legal department.

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DogPatch1149

It's kinda reminescent of the IBM v. Compaq fracas in the '80s, with Apple in the role of IBM...how ironic for a company which tries so hard to be the PC alternative.

I am curious, though...PearC says in its FAQs (https://www.pearc.de/faq.html#Faq7) that the Apple EULA is void in Europe because it can't be read without buying and opening the product, and yet you can view the Leopard EULA online (http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx105.pdf).  Am I missing something really obvious here?

Windows and Linux may not be as user-friendly or polished as Mac OS X, but at least I can install them on reasonably priced or even (GASP) home-built equipment, saving some dough...and no amount of usability or sparkle can beat saving dough.

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Keith E. Whisman

Why isn't there a lawsuit against Apple helping Microsoft build an OS monopoly? Apple has refused to release it's os to the open market to compete more directly with Windows and it just doesn't make any sense. Apple could really become a powerhouse and a legitimate OS to be discussed and reported on here at MaximumPC.com now it's just a joke but it has potential. I just don't understand why nobody hates Apple for it's license and refusal to compete with Windows.

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sammyd253

It's because Apple is more a hardware company than a software company.  It's much easier for them to release a strong, stable OS with a limited set of hardware drivers.  If they control the hardware that their OS runs on, it doesn't allow for too much to go wrong.  Sure, Microsoft has a ton of hardware to attempt to support, but that's their choice.  Apple's model is Apple's model.  Regardless, they are still a successful company.

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sammyd253

While you're at it... You might as well just get your very own mail-order Russian bride.  Mmmm...

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Keith E. Whisman

I have a CoWorker that did that. He had to visit Russia and meet the family and the bride. He seems to be happy and his wife is devoted to him so he seems to have a better marriage than what most guys have with American wives. Go figure.

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