Thursday, June 16, 2005

Unexpected Consequences

A couple interesting tidbits from this article talking about Dell being willing to sell PCs running OSX. Personally, I think it's just a negotiating tactic to beat down MS on price -- Dell is famous for it's one-processor (Intel), one-OS strategy.

The stumbling block could be product-tying laws that have plagued Microsoft recently. From the article:

"If you sell software that can run on hardware that you do make and hardware that you don't make, you cannot require people to buy your hardware to run your software," Brookwood says. If Dell really wanted to sell Mac OS X hardware, it could force the issue through the legal system, he says.

It would be ironic if Apple were forced to ship OSX for PCs by court order.

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