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\r\n \r\n “He stated that the clone program was ill-conceived and had been a result of "institutional guilt", meaning that there had been a widely held belief at Apple that had the company aggressively pursued a legal cloning program early in the history of the Macintosh, consumers might have turned to low-priced Macintosh clones rather than low-priced IBM PC compatible computers, and Apple might have ended up in the position currently occupied by Microsoft — an extremely powerful company with high profit margins due to its wide base of consumers perpetually dependent on its system software products. By now, Jobs stated, it was too late for this to happen; the clone program was doomed to failure from the start; and since Apple mostly made money by selling computer hardware, for the most part, it ought not engage in a licensing program to reduce its hardware sales.”\r\n \r\n
\r\nDell may come out with the luxury XPS line, buy Alienware, and practically give away their PCs with their never-ending discounts, but one thing they don’t have is OS X. And Dell knows it too. In a recent interview with Jim Louderback for PC Magazine, Michael Dell himself admitted he’d loved to license the OS.
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\r\nWon’t happen, Mike. If anything, Steve is savoring the moment. He even suggested in a recent memo that Michael should “eat his own words” after Apple’s stock market capitalization eclipsed Dell’s.
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\r\nWord-eating aside, mark my word. You can be sure that by this time next year, Apple’s market share will be at least double of what it is now. And it will only accelerate as soon as Vista comes out and proves to be nothing more than a jazzed-up Windows XP.
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Well, whaddya know, Apple and Sun almost merged three times before. Perhaps, with McNealy out of the way and Sun\'s stock down in the dumps, the fourth time is the charm.
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\r\nExcept this time around, Apple will be the acquiring party and MS is in a really vulnerable position.
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I wholeheartedly agree!!! This will just change the game completely. And not only that, Apple/Sun will now have a true end-to-end solution for IT, spanning from the desktop to the server and the systems that run it.
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\r\nAs Walt Mossberg stated in his recent column, "end-to-end" seems to be the way to go in the Post-PC era.
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\r\nIt will just catapult Apple right smack dab in the middle of corporate boardroom.
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\r\nThe key thing is the two companies should remain largely independent subsidiaries as javester suggests. Solaris will keep its OS and hardware and position it solely for the datacenter, the same way Apple should keep OS X and its hardware largely untouched.
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\r\nThe two should just collaborate on creating a transparent, SOA-based interface (remember Network is the Computer?), strengthen Java on OS X even further, and perhaps, jazz up OpenOffice/StarOffice a bit.
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\r\nAnd to top it off, the coup-de-grace would be to finally open-source Java. It would just make it unstoppable.
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\r\nWhat about the Java licensing revenue? So what, it could be just another loss leader for all the fancy-schmancy Apple/Sun hardware that has the best Java environment.
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Why Apple should merge with Sun
Why Apple should merge with Sun
Published by javester
05-08-2006
But that’s just it! Macs now does Windows too!!!


But that’s just it! Macs now does Windows too!!!

With Boot Camp, Apple has found a way to cut through the gordian knot of the operating system debate. Let the user decide and see for himself. And the genius of it is that the user doesn’t really have to choose.

They can have their cake and eat it too! So long as its running on Apple hardware, Jobs still makes his healthy 30% gross margin (compare that to Dell’s 10%), regardless of the operating system.

OS X was always a loss leader anyway. Apple created it to sell Macs and it will be a cold day in hell before Steve licenses it to anybody else. If you’d recall, one of the first things Jobs did upon his return to Apple was to cancel the Apple clone program.

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“He stated that the clone program was ill-conceived and had been a result of "institutional guilt", meaning that there had been a widely held belief at Apple that had the company aggressively pursued a legal cloning program early in the history of the Macintosh, consumers might have turned to low-priced Macintosh clones rather than low-priced IBM PC compatible computers, and Apple might have ended up in the position currently occupied by Microsoft — an extremely powerful company with high profit margins due to its wide base of consumers perpetually dependent on its system software products. By now, Jobs stated, it was too late for this to happen; the clone program was doomed to failure from the start; and since Apple mostly made money by selling computer hardware, for the most part, it ought not engage in a licensing program to reduce its hardware sales.”
Dell may come out with the luxury XPS line, buy Alienware, and practically give away their PCs with their never-ending discounts, but one thing they don’t have is OS X. And Dell knows it too. In a recent interview with Jim Louderback for PC Magazine, Michael Dell himself admitted he’d loved to license the OS.

Won’t happen, Mike. If anything, Steve is savoring the moment. He even suggested in a recent memo that Michael should “eat his own words” after Apple’s stock market capitalization eclipsed Dell’s.

Word-eating aside, mark my word. You can be sure that by this time next year, Apple’s market share will be at least double of what it is now. And it will only accelerate as soon as Vista comes out and proves to be nothing more than a jazzed-up Windows XP.
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