From all the publicity and user raves, it is apparant that Apple makes a good product. If Steve Jobbs licensed out OS X, that heart of what apple is, to PC hardware he would make a lot of money. Most other OS's, Linux, Unix, BeOS and such, are available on a variety of hardware platforms, but not Apple's. I'm not sure of the reasoning except that it keeps their H/W division in business. Part of the turnoff for PCs users to switch to Apple is that we can't just load the OS to get a taste of it. We have to run out and drop a large ammount of cash to just user their products. Steve, get the picture, get your software H/W independant and make a killing for your share holders.
a $500 laptop with osx and all the goodies that make it work like it's a stevejobs handmedown? A laptop with a linux OR one with xp/vista? What self-respecting oem would get into that mess??? Dell wants options so they can tell ms to foff and start calling ALL the shots, but that's a serious nightmare for support.
I see apple making machines for a living, but you know they want to make ms-caliber moolah by hoing out their code, and soon. I know it's been thought before.