How to avoid the Apple tax?

Ari Torhamo ari.torhamo at
Wed Aug 29 09:21:01 UTC 2007

ke, 2007-08-29 kello 07:44 +0200, Mario Vukelic kirjoitti:
> On Tue, 2007-08-28 at 20:24 -0500, Brad Johnson wrote:
> > There is more than enough precedent on Google alone for using the
> > phrase "Windows Tax" in this manner.
> Newsflash: something can still be stupid even if many people say it.

As I understand it, Microsoft tax means that when you buy a (compatible)
PC, you are forced to pay Microsoft for the Windows operating system too
- wether you need it or not. It's also called 'tax' because nowadays in
developed countries we are nearing the situation were people are
supposed to own a computer - like a phone.

The situation is exactly the same when you buy an Apple computer. You
are forced to pay for their operating system - wether you need it or
not. I understand that the fact that Apple is smaller may make you think
that it's somehow different in this regard. But where's the difference?
The two players share the market and collect the tax.

Or maybe I'm just stupid too :-)

Ari Torhamo

P.S. If this thread goes on, it propably should be moved over to

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