Since Apple’s announcement to switch to x86, there has been an increase in talk about the possibility of Apple licensing OS X to other PC manufacturers. The discussion came to a head today, when Fortune published a story quoting Michael Dell, former Dell Computer CEO (current Chairman of the Board), as saying “If Apple decides to open the Mac OS to others, we would be happy to offer it to our customers.” This is the first time a major PC manufacturer has expressed public interest in licensing OS X. I, for one, would be devastated to see Apple license OS X and let it run on such crappy hardware. I would go so far as to say that I would be utterly disappointed in Apple as a company. It just does not seem right, or logical to me for Apple to license OS X. One of the reasons OS X is so stable and reliable is that Apple has complete control over the hardware that OS X will run on. Thus, Apple software and hardware engineers can work together to find the best operating environment. If Apple were to let OS X run on just any old PC hardware, Apple’s ability to maintain quality control would disappear. In my opinion, Apple engineers and programmers should be spending their time working on new technologies for the OS and Apple hardware, not making sure that the OS will run on the every-day PC.
Read the Fortune article.