Apple doens't actually make the hardware, just as MS doesn't actually make the X-Box. They get components from all over the place. Just as Dell does not "make" hardware.
Ok, fine. Apple does, however, purchase, trade for, aquire via winning the lottery, or manufacture various pieces of hardware through a variety of legal methods. They then assemble this hardware into an "Apple" branded computer, at which time they own. They then sell this computer to others, at which time the purchaser owns it. While Apple owns the computer, they can put whatever they want on it. Once the computer is sold, the purchaser can put whatever they want on it.
MS does NOT do this. MS owns no PC manufacturers. MS does not sell a "Microsoft" branded PC. They have no PCs they own (and thus control) for sale. They sell a product (Windows) to companies like Dell, Compaq, and Gateway. These companies assemble systems which they own. These comapanies, much like Apple is, should be allowed to put whatever they want on their hardware before they sell it. But they can't, thanks to MS.
If you can't see the difference between these two situations, you really need to pay more attention. Apple is essentially a Dell, Gateway, etc, who happens to make their own OS instead of purchasing it from an outside source. Apple makes their money on hardware, like a Dell, not software, like MS. You are truly comparing apples to oranges here. (Pardon the pun.)
Not to mention, this is all irrelevant anyway. MS was found to be a monopoly under US law. This means that they can (and should) lose the right to do things that are fine for other companies. Even if your MS/Apple analogy wasn't already horribly flawed, it doesn't matter. Apple has never been found by a US court of law to be an illegal monopoly, MS has.
If you are so sure Apple is a monopoly like MS, I suggest calling your state's AG's office and suggesting they bring antitrust charges against them. I'm sure it will give them a good laugh on an otherwise dull Monday.
Other OEMS like Penguin Computing sell only Linux boxes, so is it so wrong for MS to want people to only sell Windows boxes?
MS can want whatever they feel like. Hell, I want 1 billion dollars. Doesn't mean either of us have a legal right to it. And again, you present a flawed analogy. I don't see the evil Linux consoritum telling Penguin Computing they *must* only sell Linux boxes.
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