We Interview EFiX Creators: OS X on PC

A Mac user?

Tuan: I have to ask you, are you a Mac user?

Davide: Since ’94 — faithful and proud of it.

Tuan: Do you use a combination of PCs and Macs?

Davide: Windows shalt not cross these premises! [grin]

Tuan: [laugh]

Davide: I use only OS X, but I use Windows for my fun experiments. I have built the craziest PCs in the past, and used Windows a number of times for benchmarks, etc.

Tuan: Did you see the two articles I wrote about Macs? If so, which parts do you agree with and which parts don’t you agree with?

Davide: Yeah. Well, most people actually don’t fully know what is expected when using OS X, and there are cheap Macs on the market. And I agree on the severe lack of options for 3D graphics hardware.

Tuan: Well I think a lot of those commenting didn’t agree with me and some threatened to kill me.

Davide: [laugh]... Internet readers seldom [censored].

Tuan: [laugh]... Well, that’s all the questions I have for you now Davide. Thanks for sitting down with us! We’re going to get back to you soon once the units are up and running. I think you guys have a good thing going here with the EFiX.

Davide: Not a problem. Next time I’m in L.A., it would be nice to meet up again and have a live interview for a podcast or something!

Tuan: We’d love to reconnect!

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  • ubertiger
    What's the estimated cost on these pieces of kit?
  • pjumpleby
    108 euros from mm services (swiss company)

  • ImagineTek
    Well as you went to the trouble of interviewing this guy, you could of asked some more pertinent questions. Apple's EULA states that the OS should only be installed on Apple branded hardware, so what are they going to do...run of a batch of sticky back Apple logos? Can't see how that is going to fly. Also this thing about them wanting to move in the same direction as Apple...I'm assuming that wasn't to point of contacting Apple over this to see how they felt about it.

    Don't get me wrong I think the concept is very clever and would consider it seriously if I thought it was going to last long term. However I can't help but think that Apple will just let them pour their capital into this project then haul them into court. Then whoever has coughed up for one of these will quickly find Apple has found a way to stop it from functioning, which is a loss of about £150 if you add the cost of the hardware and OSX.

    He's right in so much as I believe there is a sizeable number of people who would like to try OSX but will absolutely not cough up Apple's hardware prices or accept the hardware limitations (especially the graphics). They might however be tempted by this set-up if Apple gave assurances that they wouldn't try and kill it.

    There are wins for Apple in this. They get revenue from the software sale and possible accessories. Perhaps more importantly, with Vista struggling for acceptance, the timing might never be so sweet again to see how much they could eat into the market share of Windows. They must know that it will never be significant as long as they tie it into their own kit, but this way... well who knows.

    As a neutral in all aspects of computing, I believe competition and choice is a great thing. At the very least, putting OSX into the melting pot like this would really force MS to pull their fingers out with regard to Windows.

    So what do you say Apple, are you ready to try a new revenue stream with none of the risk. It may come to nothing, but it may just be a sea change.
  • rtfm
    I want to know where is the anti trust case for Apple. Come EU, you hassle MS for bundling a free media player with Windows (bit like prosecuting Ford for putting in CD players in their cars) but don't blink an eye at Apples dodgy practice of Knobbling software to only work on Apply H/W (which we all know is basically just a low end PC). My point is people shouldn't need these bloody usb dongles [/rant]
  • 01bora
    Go look at the spec's for the base model Mac Pro. I don't recall ANY low end PC's having Dual Quad core Xeon processors...come to think of it I don't think there are any low end Servers that come equipped that way either. Do your research or at least get current. As for getting exposure to OSX, why not just pony up for the Mac Mini? I support PC's all day in my job so I am not a PC hater...they keep me employed. =)
  • darkstar782
    All this does is take over the functions of the BIOS with an EFI (extensible firmware interface) compatible system.

    This in itself is perfectly legal and nothing to do with Apple. EFI is an Intel system they have designed to try to replace the ageing BIOS.

    The fact that apple use the existence of EFI rather than a BIOS to confirm the machine is a Mac, is completely irrelevant to the conversation, and is frankly apples problem.