Dell: Put that MacOS in my pipe and let me smoke it

Summary:So, maybe I wasn't so crazy after all when, the other day, I suggested that Dell might now be the perfect company to resell systems loaded with Apple's OS X now that Apple is cutting bait with IBM's PowerPC and switching to Intel chips.  According to a report in Fortune Magazine, Dell founder Michael Dell said "If Apple decides to open the Mac OS to others, we would be happy to offer it to our customers.

So, maybe I wasn't so crazy after all when, the other day, I suggested that Dell might now be the perfect company to resell systems loaded with Apple's OS X now that Apple is cutting bait with IBM's PowerPC and switching to Intel chips.  According to a report in Fortune Magazine, Dell founder Michael Dell said "If Apple decides to open the Mac OS to others, we would be happy to offer it to our customers."  Apple declined to comment.  Meanwhile, Sun's Jonathan Schwartz must be wondering why Dell isn't equally enthusiastic about Solaris -- a great operating system that Sun did open up to others (just this week as a matter of fact).   Last December, Dell basically told Sun that if it builds demand for Solaris on Intel, it would come.  I wonder how the annual volume of Solaris/Intel/AMD boxes compares to the annual volume of OS X boxes? 

Topics: Dell

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David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.

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