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I voted Probably not
Authored by: acaltabiano on Apr 18, '08 09:52:19AM

... Because to me, the chances that a clone would be as well-designed as the apple machine is slim. And by design, I do not mean how it looks physically, but everything that that statement entails. There's more to a computer working than the OS on the disc, right? Firmware, BOOT parameters, etc etc. That's one reason that Windows has so many problems – so many different makers using different parts.

Apple doesn't sell an OS; they don't sell Hardware; they DO sell an experience, and what they're doing is trying to ensure that the experience you get when you purchase a mac is consistent and enjoyable and stable. Selling the HW and the SW together, fully tested, they can do that.

Now if we could GET a clone running OS X to be as stable? Then maybe. How's it look? I mean, I LIKE the physical design of Apple's products. It's not paramount, but an iMac has ONE cable, a PC tower has.... how many? Power to the box, power to the display, cable connecting the two, etc etc. Oh and then your ports are where the box is, not the display, which is less convenient....

PC boxes blow ass design-wise. I have no desire to incur the costs of their shoddy design, no matter how "cheap" the purchase cost is.

but they could get my money if they did it right, sure. There's just much to be done to do it right, and thus far Apple has done it right, and been the only ones to do it.

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I voted Maybe
Authored by: chrischram on Apr 18, '08 12:18:05PM

I've got a Power Computing clone rotting in the attic. When it was new it ran just like a Mac (being a legal clone), but always looked like a butt-ugly PC. When the innards started failing one-by-one, it was more like a butt-ugly PC through and through.



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