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

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.

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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? 

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  • You tell us!

    "I wonder how the annual volume of Solaris/Intel/AMD boxes compares to the annual volume of OS X boxes? "

    Dope, you are writing this article? Do some resaerch (about 15 min.) and tell us.
    An_Axe_to_Grind
    • Dude! You're getting a Mac!

      If Apple did allow companies like Dell, HP, Leveno, Gateway, and other major PC manufacturers to bundle OS X, they might actually give Bill Gates a serious run for their money. It will probably end up helping Apple hardware sales in the end because their market share will grow, which brings developers, which brings more users, and the cycle continues.

      But based on Steve Job?s record with Power Computing (Ironically another Texas based company I think) and UMAX, it doesn't appear likely. Apple has resisted this for the last two decades and this has been their undoing. Maybe the iPod has changed Steve Job's mind on this. We'll have to wait and see.
      george_ou
      • Dell as a contract manufacturer

        What would be interesting is if Apple contracted Dell to manufacture Macintoshes. This would be different from Dell licensing OSX and other Apple technology.

        I don't know if either company would go for it. But Apple's core competencies are engineering and design, not to mention "being cool," not manufacturing and supply chain management. Dell is the other way around.

        I think both could make some serious money that way.
        Erik1234
  • Bloggers of the world, UNIX

    Banks will still be using unix when Bill Gates buys the state of Washington to park his plane.
    Roving_Reporter
  • Who's Your Daddy?

    It seems IT is looking nervously around for validation these days.

    Keep looking.

    The master of mail order has just endorsed Macs. Was this
    stamp of approval was required for Apple to get IT's attention? It
    certainly does appear so. The question regarding Sun's Solaris is
    academic. This is about anything that is not Microsoft and is
    capable of diverting MS marketshare. This is also about the last
    20 years of Windows advocacy. How remarkably foolish will IT
    and business look if open architecture fails? Business applied the
    same mindset to computers that they had to staplers and three-
    hole-punches. It stands to figure that these same scholars are
    looking to a parts assembler/distribution channel like Dell for
    guidance.

    Business still admires volume above all. Endless numbers of
    hapless sycophants and Doom fan boys have pointed at the
    biggest pile and bowed in deference. They continue to. The
    argument is always for the virtues market driven
    standardization. Apple's move to Intel and new virtualization
    technologies are rapidly making this a moot point. One sunny
    day IT might wake up and find out that there is only one share of
    the market that matters. Their own.

    You bet Michael Dell would put OSX on his boxes?but OSX
    running on a Dell is not a Dell. It's a Mac. Is it starting to become
    more clear?
    Harry Bardal
    • 20 years...?

      [b]This is also about the last 20 years of Windows advocacy.[/b]

      While it's generally true that Windows 1.0 was released about 20 years ago, let's be honest - no one took it too seriously. Certainly NOT to the point where anyone advocated it's mainstream use. In fact, until version 3.0 that the proverbial "ice" began to crack and version 3.11 until it was considered as something you'd find in the office. And Windows 95 (4.0) was the product that really started the steamroller moving.

      [b]You bet Michael Dell would put OSX on his boxes?but OSX running on a Dell is not a Dell. It's a Mac. Is it starting to become more clear?[/b]

      Michael Dell would put his mother's liver on a PC if he thought he could sell more PC's than he does now.
      Wolfie2K3
  • Hardware Control

    I doubt very seriously if Apple will let Dell put MAC OS X on a Dell intel box due to the fact that Dell is constanly changing devices they use in their PC's from bios/boards to slots, cards, ports, memory, and disk drives. Apple has pretty strict hardware control now, and i'm guessing they won't want to let go of that. It would be a HUGE undertaking for Apple to try to get device drivers for the myriad of devices out in the market today.
    cpuguru
  • Tell that to HP!

    Apple's hottest selling product is the iPod, and Apple already allows HP to put their name on the box and sell them on both the HP web site and at my local Wal-Mart. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple would like to make a similar deal with HP (or Dell) to market Macs. But there is a difference. HP needed an MP3 player. They have their own computers to sell. Would HP and Dell be just as happy to take a cut from selling a Mac with their name on it as to manufacture and sell a PC with Windows? I doubt Apple would let them actually manufacture the box at this point. But if sales began to warrant it and Apple controlled the all the specs, what would they care? It might work.
    Photog7