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Journal: My problem with apple 3

Journal by mdboyd

Okay I'll admit it, the Apple commercials are starting to get to me. They're extremely misleading. That's not to say that there aren't good things to say about Apple and OS X. However, the recent stock option investigation at Apple has reminded me that they are just another American corporation and their tactics aren't always as friendly as they seem.

Here's food for thought, if OS X is such a great operating system, then why doesn't Apple allow PCs built by other manufacturers to install it? That really bothers me.

I think that a lot of Mac users don't realize that their Mac is actually just another PC. It has similar hardware (Intel Macs at least) and can run most Operating Systems natively (well, almost). The only difference is that it comes preloaded with OS X instead of another Operating System. Unfortunately, you can only get this OS if you own a Mac.

My point is this: I think OS X has great qualities, but being limited to only using Apple hardware is a HUGE setback IMO. Until OS X can run on non-Apple hardware, I will never truly consider it comparable to other Operating Systems. I don't want to be locked in to one computer manufacturer based on the operating system that I use.

If Windows can run on Apple PCs, why shouldn't OS X run on a Dell, Acer, Custom-built, etc ? Is it driver issues? If it is, then why do other operating systems have better driver support and why can't OS X?

As sick as this may sound, I don't want an Apple PC. I want to run OS X on my Dell or any other spare PC that I have just like I do with Linux and Windows. That's my biggest turnoff towards Apple.

Now I ask fellow Slashdotters, what do you think about this? Is it right, wrong, or FUD?

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