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Comment Re:Why redesign the wheel (Score 4, Insightful) 186

You pay for Android with allowing Google to data mine your info. This is why they wanted to be on mobile phones in the first place. This is why they offer "free" services like Gmail and photos. Their software reads all your emails. Then they target ads to you. Google Now is another way they can get advertising info from you. That's how Google makes their income, and why they can give Android away for "free" to phone makers. It's not about being open source. It's about advertising revenue.

Comment Re:Poor innocent Apple (Score 1) 84

It is also probably the reason that Apple didn't even consider Linux for their OS.

They went with NeXTSTEP, which was released three years before there ever was a Linux. And of course NeXT was Steve Job's baby.

They were concerning BeOS, which I always thought was an interesting operating system. A copy of it came with my PowerComputing Mac clone.

Comment Re:Poor innocent Apple (Score 2) 84

If you really study macOS, and before that NeXTSTEP/OPENSTEP, you will see that it's not entirely BSD, and they didn't steal anything. NeXTSTEP was introduced in 1988s. And if you weren't hiding under a rock (or maybe you weren't born then?), you'd know that the first web browser and app store were created on NeXTSTEP. Plus, if you want to talk about Linux, Apple was a big supporter of Linux, and released MkLinux in 1996. I used to run it on my PowerMac 6100. It was sponsored by Apple Computer and OSF Research Institute.

They took parts of FreeBSD, NetBSD, and Mach/BSD, since it runs on the Mach kernel. Windows NT and SUN Solaris also use BSD code.

The BSD License allows proprietary use and allows the software released under the license to be incorporated into proprietary products. So how did they steal anything? The parts they did use, they released as Darwin, which is open source, and is composed of code developed by Apple, as well as code derived from NeXTSTEP, BSD, and other free software projects.

So where's the problem? They followed the BSD License, and give credit. You can see it when you boot macOS in verbose mode. And they released their modified code as open source. This includes things like WebKit.

Comment Re:Pity my MacPro can't run it (Score 1) 202

These aren't iMacs that people check their Facebook and send a few e-mails on, they're Pro machines - designed for a completely different environment and completely different workloads. Given that, why shouldn't they be supported longer too?

Yeah... remember the G5? When I worked at Sony Music they had a pile of them in a storage room. All perfectly capable, but obsolete, nonetheless. But your MacPro isn't going to stop working. It just can't run macOS Sierra.

Comment Re:Pity my MacPro can't run it (Score 2) 202

I have an Early 2009 24" iMac. It has 64-bit EFI and CPU. No dice. But a late 2009 works. There are ways to install it however. Apple released 4 iMacs in 2009. They must have changed the motherboard a few times. The 2012 MacPro I use at work can run it. Have to wait to see if the apps I use are compatible. But if not, El Capitan runs great.

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