We have about 1000 PCs in our company. If Apple came out with OS X for intel, guess how many of the 1000 PCs would run OS X. I'll tell you. None. Because none of their specialized little database apps would work on OS X.
The majority of Windows machines out there are in business. No company is going to go switching all of their desktops to OS X just for, what we consider to be, a richer experience.
I agree it would be good for the consumer. It would be great if a person could go to Compaq's website and have a choice of 4 or 5 OS's each with a somewhat equal marketshare - which would mean a somewhat equal amount of apps. But they can't.
It's too late for Apple to start licensing the Mac OS. It's too bad, but it's true.
Most people with PCs simply don't know enough about them, or the Mac OS, to bother with putting it on. Take a look at Linux. It's got about a 2-3% marketshare. People could put that on. True, Linux isn't as easy to deal with as OS X, but only geeks would bother and I just don't think there are enough geeks out there to justify Apple making X for intel.
Jobs and Co. have repeatedly stated how they can do the things they do because they build the OS and the hardware. It is highly unlikely that Apple would give a person running a dell the ability to use iMovie, iTunes, iTools etc. How many people would really spend $299 for OS X? On top of that, how much of there stuff would work with it? What about all of those little internet cams that won't work, or the incompatible microscopes, or steering wheel things, or the all in one scanner/fax/copier, or the multitude of other devices that wouldn't work. A person would spend $299 on OS X only to find out they couldn't use half their stuff. Next thing you know they're saying "Apple sucks, Mac sucks blah blah blah".
Don't forget, Apple would also have to support all of these people with their strange boxen. Imagine a person with a gateway calling Apple:
customer: "yeah I just put on OS X and I can't get iMovie to work with my camera."
support: "Which kind of computer do you have"
customer: "A gateway".
support: "Which Gateway?"
customer: "Oh, it's from March".
support: "do you have a model number?"
customer: "I think it's #754783GL"
support: "(flipping through an encylopedia of pages)oh, um sir, I think that machine doesn't have firewire".
customer: "what's firewire?"
support: "it's a high speed connector that let's you hook up cameras etc."
customer: "But it says on the OS X box that I can make movies with this OS."
support: "that's true, but you need the right connector".
customer: "I just spent $299! I could've got dazzle for $299 if I would've know I needed the connector".
support: "I'm sorry know one told you".
customer: "well, here's another problem, none of my games work anymore either."
support, "that's because they're for Windows, you'll have to buy them over again if they exist for Mac."
customer: "Mac sucks *click*".
I just can't think of any compelling reason why my girlfriend's mom would go buy OS X for her PC for $299. She's still using Win98 for crying out loud, as are a lot of people, including my GF's three brothers, and her sister... They'll upgrade when they buy a machine, not with a CD.
Only, if Apple made an Intel PC themselves, with a special ROM would they make OS X for intel. And I just don't see the point of that. For a little speed? Lose all of your carbon apps for a little speed? nah. Sorry.
[ 01-06-2002: Message edited by: seb ]</p>