Friday, March 11, 2005

The Return Of The Cherry OS / The Return of The Scam

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FixYourThinking brought you the story Why The Cherry Or The Pear May Be Apple's Next Lemon back in the fall of 2004.

FixYourThinking had a 3 day advance scoop before many of the major Mac News, and even Tech News powerhouses like Slashdot had the story.

The essential plot of this story was that a company that was known for ripping off codecs previously in the java world - such as java based video - decided to pre announce and beta release an emulator for PCs to run the Mac OS. Problem is: a significant amount of code [read as almost all of it] was stolen from a free open source emulator called PearPC.

FixYourThinking took the analysis beyond the code copying and false claims that a G4 of 80% Pentium speed could be acheived [ie: Pentium is 2Ghz / G4 realized emulation would be 1.6Ghz]

FixYourThinkings also analyzed what a support nightmare this might be for Apple if these emulators ever DID acheive decent speed.

Well, after a 6 month hiatus, CherryOS is back - selling for $49.99 and has a trial download. The catch for the trial download is that you have to register. Would you trust someone who was caught by just about every website in the tech arena / mac web for lying and stealing - with your personal information? Your credit card number?

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