Originally Posted by Dlux
By 'a zillion pieces' I assume you mean 'a few hundred Hackintosh enthusiasts who are willing to endure chronic OS update roadblocks and other productivity-draining hassles'.
The Hackintosh community doesn't really need Rebel EFI and I'm sure it numbers in the thousands.
Rebel EFI is being licensed to Mac cloners, since Pystar isn't allowed to do it themselves on their hardware, at least not in this country.
Anyone looking for an alternative to Apple's hardware has an entire galaxy of cheap PC hardware available and this thing called 'Linux' (maybe you've heard of it?) that also happens to be free, as in beer. It's user base is not known for spending a lot of money, unfortunately.
Actually Dell sells a Mini 10 with Ubuntu Linux and it's selling quite well actually, 10% netbook market share is now Linux.
And I use Ubuntu now in VM Fusion, getting to like it too.http://www.ubuntu.com/http://ubuntuforums.org/http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html
Since my future needs doesn't seem to require the power of a MacBook Pro, just a glorified netbook without needing anti-virus, I'm seriously considering getting one.
There is even a program that can access iPods and manage one's music...
And what's really nice, the pocket guide shows how easy it is to install Ubuntu in a Bootcamp created partition instead of Windows.
But if you're talking instead about the Darwin users who still want that Mac look-and-feel, well, after nearly a decade of existence I don't see their minimal numbers supporting any sort of viable business that has Apple as a legal adversary.
So if the Psystar people really think they have a profitable business plan that relies on a tiny and parsimonious customer base, endless legal troubles, no hope for a working support structure, and zero marketing, hey, I want in on that money-maker!
Not so tiny if you consider the numbers in China.
You might want to rephrase that. OS X is tied to Apple hardware. Always has been.
That was the case when OS X was on PPC processors, now Apple uses Intel processors like PC's use.
OS X is only tied to Apple hardware legally, and you see with Pystar and the dozens of other cloners around the world how much credit that is given.
You're listing this as a mistake? Do we really need to rehash this failed argument?
Yes I know the low end's margins are not great, but Apple does command the low end of the portable music market and why? Because it threatens iTunes and the higher margin iPod products.
Mac cloners threaten the low end of Mac sales, once people see and get used to OS X (and all the good programs) running on any PC. It's a no brainer.
Again, you're listing this as a mistake? It seems like the law is protecting their sales. I invite you to come up with evidence to the contrary.
Laws only work for companies operating upfront. Laws are different and some not even enforced in other countries. Some are simply ignored by companies themselves.
For instance China, Apple is selling tons of iPhones (with WiFi) for the black market when the Chinese government wants Apple selling Wifi-less iPhones.
So Apple is basically breaking Chinese law, by allowing it to occur.
Heck I've seen Chinese nationals buying dozens of iPhones in American based Apple Stores with Bank of China credit cards.
If Apple really didn't want OS X run on anything but their hardware, they would have made it so with a REAL hardware tie in. To the point that OS X couldn't be profitably run on PC's without a huge investment in rewriting of the code.
But since Mac's are now just Intel PC's like all other computers, even sporting a SD slot, running Windows and even Linux, there is no reason with OS X the vise versa should occur.
But again, with most people's needs just being the web, email and office type software. Netbooks are going to rule and other computers will be sidelined as specialty devices.