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Tuesday, June 14, 2005 3:17 pm
Mac will be from Apple
I really don’t know why there is so much speculation about whether Apple can prevent hackers from getting Mac OS X (Intel edition) to run on 3rd party hardware.

Just because an operating system runs on the same chips as another, doesn’t mean the operating systems are necessarily interchangeable. An XBox made by Microsoft for example, doesn’t run Microsoft’s own Windows family off the shelf. The PocketPC and PalmOne products use the same Intel XScale chips, but aren’t interchangable hardware.

Making a software compatible only with select hardware, can’t be a difficult thing to do. On the contrary, maintaining an installed operating system on a computer unsupported by the operating system creator can be a pain in the ass. Wintel users will need an XPostFacto equivalent.

Apple has really really miniscule experience working with a hardware from a plethora of sources. Most of their product line is made up of all-in-ones and (an Mac mini) for which the maximal supported internal upgrade is RAM and a new HD. Third party PCI card users on the PowerMacs have trouble sometimes when the OS throws a tantrum and refuses to go to sleep/crashes/refuses to shut down. This is unlike Microsoft—which has experience (from the MS-DOS days decades ago) to create operating systems robust enough to run on a myriad of hardware—of course those hardware manufacturers would:
The creators of Linux don’t have a hardware product that they feel the need to protect. Their community benefits from individuals keen on compatibility with as much 3rd party hardware as possible.

We will find out in a years time—but for the next few years at least, a Macintosh is something we need to buy from Apple.

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