OS X is just the fancy paint job on the expensive Mac hardware. If you buy a quality Windows 7 PC with a 1920 x 1200 pixel screen at 15-17' in a laptop, it looks just as good as a Mac. Mac's and PC's are the same underneath, same processors, graphics, storage, networking, displays etc., etc. Problem is people tend to be cheap and buy on price, so all they see in the PC stores are poor quality displays which look like junk.
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If you buy a quality PC with the same hardware specs as a Mac, it's nearly the same in price. So Apple only sells the nice stuff and not the cheap stuff, so you think all Mac's are wonderful. Apple doesn't play in the low market arena, it's why Mac's only have 6-7% market share and PC's have 90-95%. Apple provided Safari for Windows in the past, it was a failure and it was pulled.
It's because the display on the PC has to be high along with the quality of the hardware and the operating system all to match. So if you put the Ferrari paint job of OS X on a Yugo PC display, it's going to look just as bad as Windows. OS X is just the fancy paint job on the expensive Mac hardware. You believe that? Having used both Windows and the Mac OS for many years, Apple's OS is far and away more intuitive. Color management is so far past Windows in ease of use they can't even be compared. Not to mention zero viruses in over 10 years of OS X's existence.
It's not that I hate Windows. I think Win 7 is the best OS MS has even put out. I've used both for so long I'm comfortable in either. Yes, if you've never used it before, the Mac OS is different enough that it takes some getting used to. But that's no different than if you've never used Linux before. They all have their unique learning curve. Some pig headed companies out there (can you say Intuit?
Sure you can) still treat Mac users as second rate customers and continue to refuse to offer products that match the Windows version (the differences between the Windows and Mac versions of QuickBooks are massive). Still, for overall ability, give me the Mac OS any day of the week. While OS X will run on other PC hardware if you hack it, doing so is only recommended as a hobby. It is a violation of Apple's licensing agreement, and will likely be unstable.
However, attempting such feats is one way to get into the nuts and bolts of the operating system and learn about how it works. I personally let Apple decide how to enforce its licensing, so if you find a way to get it working then more power to you (though do be warned of the potential problems); however, Apple does not allow much discussion of these details on this forum. The overall deterrant from such 'violations' would be simply the potential stability issues and lack of support from using non-Apple hardware. Please note the following excerpt from Apple's software license agreement (this was copied from the Mountain Lion SLA; however, that paragraph has been contained in every OS SLA I've seen): H. Other Use Restrictions The grants set forth in this License do not permit you to, and you agree not to, install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to do so. Except as otherwise permitted by the terms of this License or otherwise licensed by Apple: only one user may use the Apple Software at a time, and (ii) you may not make the Apple Software available over a network where it could be run or used by multiple computers at the same time. You may not rent, lease, lend, sell, redistribute or sublicense the Apple Software.
Kurt Lang, my visit to the Microsoft store was an impulse. I was not looking for anything. The store was not busy and staffers were all over me. They spoke more of Apple than Microsoft. I don't think they were following the script. I never mentioned Apple or my products.
One staffer told me they will fix my Mac. Never said I have a Mac. That was totally weird. They were very concerned about Apple. There is an Apple Store across the street. It's a fun place, very high energy as Apple stores are. Maybe the competition is too much for the MS store.
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I have no plans to return to the Microsoft store. It was uncomfortable dealing with people who could not stop talking about Apple.
If I did want a product running MS software I would go elsewhere. Susan Howard wrote: the staff volunteered that I could purchase one of their units and install OSX on it. It's possible, but the staff was doing so against company rules in a attempt to make a hardware sale. If you fell for it, you would had to either pay the employee to do it or directed to a website and illegal copies of OS X to do so. Then it would be Snow Leopard most likely and not Mountain Lion, reinstalling it would be a pain and likely AppStore software wouldn't work. There is a computer geek community that does take a lot of pains to install OS X onto generic PC's, but it's a hassle for normal computer user folks. Some geeks like to push OS X on generic PC's in a rebellious 'we can do anything' sort of thing, but it's counter productive to most users needs to have the machine 'just work' as expected without getting intensely complicated.
There are a few Linux distros that have the OS X look and even do a lot more fancy things with rotating cubes of screens etc., but the problem is the lack of software. There is OS X and it has a decent amount of software, but Windows by far has the most and it's OS versions last a decade or more, not like OS X versions which only last a year and Linux versions that last anywhere from 6 months to 5 years. So Windows 'won' by being the farmer and Apple wins by being the pioneer. If you don't like a lot of change, then Apple isn't for you.
There is a computer geek community that does take a lot of pains to install OS X onto generic PC's, but it's a hassle for normal computer user folks. Some geeks like to push OS X on generic PC's in a rebellious 'we can do anything' sort of thing, but it's counter productive to most users needs to have the machine 'just work' as expected without getting intensely complicated. Perhaps rebellious, but also perhaps simply a matter of curiosity and tinkering. I consider most of these efforts to be like those of a home mechanics or hobbiests who simply want to try their hand at something, and are fine with risking warranties and no support for their projects. On the other hand, there have been effors like those of Psystar Corp., who tried to capitalize off breaking Apple's EULA. I consider those efforts to be the rebellious ones.
Hello Kurt, No worries. I did not think you were implying any illegal considerations on my part. The MS store employees suggesting that I buy a unit and then install OS X went to business ethics for me. I would not return to that location as a result. I don't think they were following MS policy. My visit was not purposeful. I may have appeared to be easy prey.
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