Originally Posted by Zoolook
I'm trying to be reasonable with you, but you seem to lack the capacity for a normal conversation. A quick glance through your post history shows a very high level of anger and antagonism towards other board members. Perhaps you should take up meditating or something, before you do yourself harm?
A judge can. The only reason Apple has not been subject to the kind of anti-trust laws that MS has, is because of their relatively small market share. As they grow, this may change. It remains to be seen.
There is NOTHING in violation of anti-trust in Apple's computer portfolio that I know of (their music offerings are a completely different animal). Apple claims to support an OS on only one platform. Their own. Sun did this for years, as did DEC. Apple is selling a platform, not an operating system. Not hardware. The package deal. In years past, one couldn't just choose to stick your favorite OS on any hardware, so these issues were effectively absent. Tru64 doesn't run on Sparc, etc. The use of mainstream components doesn't change the binding nature of their license.
There is NO reason why Apple should provide software for (or allow installation on) a platform that "works similarly to" their own. At this point, Apple clearly wants a closed ecosystem. It is NOT their duty to make the software in such a manner that it CANNOT be installed on other computers; this would slow down all legitimate machines (however slightly), and isn't necessary.
Which comes to the crux of the issue. Apple does not license MacOS on any hardware save their own. Even if possible, it is still ILLEGAL to make a "hackintosh". Even if you buy a boxed copy of MacOS. You've bought a license. Both parties have to abide by that license. If you don't agree, take the software back to the store, and get a refund. Installing MacOS on a non Apple computer is NOT covered in the license, and is the same as stealing MS Office or downloading music. You can do it, many people do, but it's still illegal.
Americans (yes, I'm one too) are FAR too entitlement-minded. You don't "deserve" MacOS. Anywhere. You ESPECIALLY don't get to choose the hardware on which the license is valid. If you like the OS, not the hardware, you have a tough decision to make. Suck it up, use the hardware, or walk to the next option. I will point out that it's also illegal to buy a mac, format the drive, and use that "license" for a hackintosh. Not being installed on an Apple product, not valid for a license. You can't dictate what is being sold. Take it as is, or move on.
Telling Apple that they must cripple their software to NOT be installable on other hardware is like telling breweries that they must make their bottles incompatible with drinkers under the legal age. It's up to the consumer to abide by the law, or be punished, not the manufacturer to make sure that no illegal activity occurs. The scary thing is, in this country, I can imagine both being required in the near future.