“If OS X were distributed for generic PCs, two things would happen: OS X would be second only to Windows as the world’s most-pirated commercial software, and Mac hardware would be shut out of some of the world’s largest markets,” Tom Yager writes for InfoWorld. “Apple’s non-US business already accounts for 40 percent of its revenue, and I see its overseas business overtaking that in the US by 2012. Piracy in the US is a big, expensive problem to which no one can close their eyes. But elsewhere, software vendors don’t just lose sales to piracy. Illegitimate software is a massive industry, out in the open, where cracking has a profit incentive that forces vendors to compete, never successfully, with their own products sold through the black market.”
“As it stands, the Mac, among its other uses, is a dongle for OS X and Mac applications created by Apple and Mac developers… If you run OS X on a machine that wanders outside that small number of predictable configs, a) you’re a sitting duck for any user-mode app or Dashboard widget that gives your box a sniff; and b) when your cracked OS X won’t boot–and that will happen–you’re permanently SOL. You can’t ask for help without giving away that you’re running the crack,” Yager writes. “So if you wonder why Apple doesn’t sell OS X as a generic OS, remember these four words: You can’t pirate hardware.”
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