You again missed what I wrote (sorry, I can’t express myself that well in English as you can). I was talking about the OS itself. If I find it good and really want to use it but a) already have a decent PC machine at home so no need to buy another or b) do not have or want to give a lot of $$$ to buy a Mac just so I can run the OS itself, I am not offered a choice from Apple. You have to buy the Mac, no matter if one already has a decent PC at home, just so you can use the OS you may like very much.
Mac tried that in the 90s and it almost destroyed the company. Much of the whole Mac experience comes from the fact that you have a set defined tools and hardware that ‘get the job done’ as opposed to throwing in random 3rd party devices that can bring the house down.
There is no reason why 3rd party devices can’t work as reliably as those offered by Apple. If Apple or those making the 3rd party devices, before pushing them to market, certify all of them and work closely, it can make a real difference. Strong cooperation between software and hardware companies can improve things for all parties and broaden the choice/compatibility. Unfortunately, we’re far from this utopia
Yes, they took some parts from BSD but to claim that OS X is nothing but a BSD clone and stolen from them is pretty much B.S. (In Penn & Teller style - which incidentally is a great show).
On that note, Quicktime and iTunes are pretty great on OS X - admittedly they blows on Windows but then again I don’t care about Windows so it’s pretty inconsequential to me.
When did I claim that OS X is nothing but a BSD clone? I wasn’t even talking about this. I was talking about their applications software (which is popular) like iTunes and QuickTime (doesn’t matter the quality of it). I still can’t run it on my Linux box. I still have troubles buying music from the Net as the first thing it tells me is that it didn’t detect iTunes on my system and offers me to install it, but from where can I download it when it’s not even available for my Linux OS?
I’ve bought ‘compatible’ hardware for Linux often, only to find out it doesn’t actually work at all or I have to wait months on end to get a random beta driver that supports a fraction of the capabilities of the card/device - most of the time the driver being written by some hobbyist at home with varying quality.
Oh yes, DVB world is such a wonderful thing.
Eh, the same hobbyist who contributed a lot to Linux and made it run on everything? You think that closed drivers are so much better? Think again… /me looks at ATI and nVIDIA
And why should they? If you’re going to buy a Mac, you’ll most likely want to run OS X.
It’s like saying that if you’re going to buy a Dell, you’ll most likely want to run Windows or if you’re going to buy Lenovo/IBM, you’ll most likely want to run AIX … or if you’re going to buy a Mazda, you’ll most likely want to drive it on this or that road but not on the other ones
What I like is this: I choose the HW from the many vendors out there and when I do, I choose which OS I want to run on it, be it Linux, OS X or Windows. I can achieve this with Linux and partly with Windows (which, I must admit, MS is better here than Apple) but I can’t do that with OS X. You wanna run it? You are obliged in buying their HW as it runs on nothing else
I’m sure if you ask of them to remove it, they will and sell you the machine without an OS.
I’ll keep that in mind but don’t hold your breath as I won’t be buying from Apple
The value of a tool is what you perceive it to be.
Apple have an “extra” on the hardware (and if you buy things like memory from them, they sure do as they’re retarded expensive) but on the other hand the Macbook Pro I’m typing this message on has so far had 0 days, 0 hours and 0 minutes of actual software or hardware related downtime.
At the end of the day, use what you like - I will use Apple’s products alongside Novell’s in sweet harmony.
The value of the tool is not just dependent on your own perception but also on other things such as factual quality and factual functionality. Even you must admit that a portable music player such as the iPod Shuffle with only 1GB of storage, no screen at all, and a poor excuse for an equalizer is not worth the €33 when compared to a similar player from a lesser known company but one that offers much more functionality, is of the same quality but costs only a few € more. Apple is charging so much because of its brand. You pay for it not because it has superior functionality or quality, but because it was made by a company called Apple.