How to avoid the Apple tax?

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Aug 27 15:09:42 UTC 2007

Brad Johnson wrote:

> On Sun, 2007-08-26 at 15:20 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
>> Matthew Polashek wrote:
>> > An argument could be made that OSX is more evil than Window$ because
>> > it isn't designed to run on non-apple hardware.
>> Hardly.  Apple sells hardware.  Since the hardware requires some kind of
>> software to run it, they provide software.  You can use that software or
>> not - just as every peripheral we buy provides Windows drivers, which we
>> may or may not use.
> Actually, Matthew has a very valid point. 


> The hardware locks you into 
> the software (Apple OSX Tax) and the software locks you into the
> hardware.

The hardware, in the first place, doesn't lock you into the software.  If
Apple sold a computer for which you could only get an OS for an extra
charge, they'd be vilified - but because they sell fully functional
hardware, you vilify them anyway.  Nice logic.

> This is different from Microsoft in that you can put Windows on any PC
> hardware you want. Considering market share, pound-for-pound, Apple is
> being MUCH more restrictive and in the the Open Source arena,
> restrictive = evil.

Ludicrous.  Apple is not in the OS market.  They provide an OS for their

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