Originally posted by AsLan^
Why does Apple waste their time with the anti-piracy crap? No OEM distributor can ship a machine with a hacked version of OS X so it's not like it's eating into Apple's bottom line.
If anything, they could do it like Microsoft and allow their OS to be easily pirated, which would increase userbase in developing countries. Then, when those developing countries begin to have some kind of positive cash flow they can be put under thumbscrews to start paying money to Apple.
At any rate, it seems like a waste of time to me, the best copy protection has always been cracked, why should Mac OS X be any different ?
MS doesn't make it easy to steal their software. They do whatever they can to prevent it. It just doesn't work very well. Apple hasn't done anything to prevent it because, up 'till now, they haven't had as much at stake.
With MS's software, any loss is a total loss as they don't sell the hardware to run it on, except for the XBox.
It's different for Apple. They sell the equipment to run the software, and as we should all know by now, with Apple, it's the hardware that makes up the vast portion of their business. Therefore if they lose some software sales to pirates, it's at least to their own customer base - the people who bought Apple's machines. If getting away with this because Apple doesn't make it too difficult, makes them more inclined to buy another Apple hardware product next time, it's to Apple's advantage. Remember that a lot of the software, excepting the Pro products, are given away with each new machine anyway.
When Apple comes out with the Mactels, it will be different. If people can get the OS and other software to work on some 3rd party PC, then Apple loses the hardware sale they rely upon for most of their business. They can't afford for that to happen.
If Apple manages to get more business in other ventures, iPods, music, cell phones, audio/visual equipment etc, it might reduce the computer sales to perhaps 25% of the business. If that happens (and I keep wondering if that is what Apple is trying to do), they might be able to take the chance of licensing the OS to perhaps Dell, and others. In that case, if they lose 25-35% of their computer sales, they might be able to make enough back with those licenses, as well as the sales of software to those people, because their marketshare might increase enough that way. They could get into the enterprise market with Dell the way they can't now.
But they have to increase that other part of the business first.