http://computerworld.com/action/article ... rc=hm_list
cliff notes version
pystar has been sued by apple (8 months or so ago) cuz they were making fake macs with osx (an older version) and selling them. apple attempts to sue them into oblivion.
pystar countersues with some crap. judge says no, you can't do that. however, that same judge allowed them to change their counter suit, which, in what he allowed, gives pystar a semi legitimate chance to change the way you get your osx.
what they are saying, is the eula in osx, is that you can only run it on genuine apple mac hardware, is in of copyright law and sowftware liscencing law.
personally, i think people forget that apple is a HARDWARE company, not a software company. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AS MICROSOFT. they are the same as dell, just with their own, linux based, os instead of windows. in fact, one of their MAIN selling points is it can run windows.
the only reason that is written in their eula is so people have to buy a mac computer. if osx could run on any computer, and was priced competitivly with vista, i would probably buy it. I will NEVER buy a mac computer.
If apple was smart, they continue as they are, and sell the usb flash drive that allows the software to run (they are in existance in the hacked world). they could sell the os and the usb dongle for 200 bucks (about vistas cost). this would let them say, here, you can buy our hardware, which is good, but overpriced, or you can build your own, and pay 200 bucks to us to use our software. the only problem they'd have is hardware compatibility, but honestly, if ms can do it, apple should too. im sorry, but i want a better graphics card than an 8800gt, especially in a $2500 computer. ( you can buy one of those, labled as a 9800gt, for 120 bucks.)
ok, i built a rig
phenom 2 quadcore at 2.8 ghz
4 gigs ram
high quality crossfirex ready mobo
(the rest doesn't effect performance much)
total cost shipped is 857, add windows and we are talking 1000 bucks
apple computer with similar specs
intel xeon (core2quad, not icore) 2.8 ghz
4 gigs ram
quality (im assuming) crossfirex ready motherboard
$2999 +tax +shipping.
you arn't paying for the software. that is why they don't want a pc user to be able to build and buy. 200 bucks for their software, is not, even close, to the $2000 difference.
nicer case +100 bucks
better cooling +100 bucks (i could water cool or TEC)
amd phenom II is better clock for clock than intel core2quads (im too lazy to prove it, its true though).
memory, ummm yeah.... no
hdd, umm yeah... no
better power supply... um no
more efficient... um no
1 year warranty.... ummm i'll give them 200 bucks for this, so long as they cross ship (if your buying a 3000+ dollar alienware or falcon nw they send a guy to your house. your pc NEVER leaves your house once it gets there.)
so.. we are up to 1400 bucks. thats still 1600 bucks your paying in apple tax. i can't oc that apple, but i could squeeze the cpu to 3.2 or 3.4 ghz. i could oc the ram from ddr2800 to 1066 without flinching. and i could oc the video card (completely unnecessary).
so yeah, apple wants their 1600 bucks per computer.