Thanks, you've saved me some typing. My confidence is shaken, I would not make products for Apple right now if I owned a software firm. I also cannot, in all conscience, recommend Apple computers right now, a position I NEVER thought I'd be in.Viro said:I've said it before and I'll say it again. I find it absolutely hilarious that some speculate that Apple ditched IBM because of the lack of a roadmap. If anyone lacks a roadmap, it's Apple. Honestly, Macs are quite possibly the worst platform to be developing for right now. With Linux, you've got source level stability, and you can see where things are going. With Windows, you've got promises and endless betas of where things are going. With Mac, you've got no idea what Steve is going to do next.
The whole switch to x86 despite Apple denying such rumors for years combines with the total silence about their roadmap really shakes my confidence in this company.
So you are losing your "faith" in Apple because it does not share your fear of Microsoft? Don't get me wrong--I am fully aware of the power that Microsoft wields in the software market. However, I also believe that Apple has been burned too many times in the past because it deferred to Microsoft. My sense is that Steve Jobs has decided that it time to stop. I think that he has also decided that now is the time to do it.fjdouse said:mmh, I'm not sure where this is all going, I don't think I like it.
I can't see Apple licensing OS X, they've said they won't allow OS X to run on other hardware. I think the indications are -all arguements aside- Apple are moving into the PC market, maybe with their own brand PC (Mac) compatibles and start to rattle Microsoft's cage. It doesn't make sense. None of this makes sense. If Apple are wanting to challenge Microsoft, I think that will be suicide, OSes and software IS Microsofts domain, they will not take kindly to such a move on Apple's part. What's the point? Topple Microsoft? I don't want that! Apple will be no bloody better than Microsoft is now.
I'm loosing faith in Apple, they are not doing themselves any favours by keeping silent and nobody really knows what's going on, we all talk here as if we know but we don't know a single thing, we're all guessing, there are lots of HORRID indications which point to everything I'd hate to see, but no facts. It's a mess full of uncertainties, things were quieter with Linux...
This is exactly what was mentioned in the article. Apple would probably make Dell and other interested to adhere to the parameters Apple provides for the hardware, othewise they would not be granted a license. Of course, the other side of this would mean that every Mactel-compatible would be just like Apple's hence obscuring the uniqueness of Apple's machines, and giving validity to fjdouse's concerns (using fjdouse as an example in reference to his posts).fryke said:Well, although this news blurb of today certainly shouldn't be met with anything like "Wow, it's going to happen!" kind of panic, let's think a little clearer here. Should Apple _ever_ let Dell sell Mac OS X licenses, it seems clear to me that Dell would actually have to deliver parts that _work_ with OS X. Apple would probably release a list of supported hardware then, and would Dell wish to deliver hardware _not_ on that list, supporting it would be Dell's issue... Not _that_ much of a problem.