[OT] "MacMini" 7-8 years later

Dr. Hawkins dochawk at gmail.com
Sat Mar 16 18:02:38 CDT 2013


On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote:

> There doesn't have to be an Open Source fork; if installing Mac OS X is
> comparatively easy to install on a machine such as the NUC
> and the necessary patches are "out there",  then, surely, Apple's software
> people could just put various install DVDs together
> for non-Apple machines together and sell them.

What is missing is any advantage to apple in doing so.

They have always viewed themselves as a hardware company.  OSX is part
of the computer they sell, not a product on its own.  That's why it's
always been either free or next to nothing to get a newer version.

Part of Apple's cost is the amount of R&D they do.  They tried
licensing, and when the cloners were asked to kick in their pro-rata
R&D costs, they all stopped making clones.  In the meantime, they
badly undercut apple.

Apple is far better off selling its own upscale equipment than having
other machines chipping away at its market.

> Considering that people are already doing "that", and others are doing
> "that" via virtualisation solutions (myself
> included) Apple, by not doing that, are just losing potential revenue.

But a very large portion of the $30 dollar OS sales under such a
scenario would cost hundreds of dollars in a computer sale each.

They've been getting told this for years, and seem to have ahd the
last laugh . . .

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Dr. Richard E. Hawkins, Esq.
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