March 11th, 1999

Since the resignation of former Apple chief executive, Gil Amelio, in mid-July, this summer has been one of strenuous times for the Macintosh world. The uncertainty of what Apple will do with the Mac OS clone vendors has been a black eye on a company that, from all accounts, has seen a tremendously positive summer. But despite the eye-popping sales of Mac OS 8, the newly appointed board of directors, and the Microsoft partnership, there is no getting around the fact that Apple has a crucial licensee decision facing them.

MacCentral's Clone Crisis Mandate kicked things off, and Webintosh will join their efforts by providing the Mac OS Licensing Now! repository that will contain a collection of articles and links. Our crew of editors will be supplying much of the content, but we would like to extend our forum to the Macintosh development community. Any developer interested in expressing his/her thoughts of the current licensing situation is invited to write an editorial piece. Any columns should be directed towards Dan Hughes at [email protected].

August 30th
License To Kill?
Brad Hutchings - Hutchings Software

Brad Hutchings, general partner of Hutchings Software, believes "Apple's course of action is the only course of action in a non-expanding Mac market."

August 29th
Do You Hear Me Apple?
Bryan Chaffin - Contributing Editor

The dragged out licensing talks are bad enough, but Bryan Chaffin believes the rearranged Mac OS Up-To-Date program is a slap in the face to customers who purchased a clone machine after August 1st, thinking they would be able to pick up a discounted copy of Mac OS 8. Plus, hear Apple's reason for making the change.

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Licensing Links
August 29th

Yale To Freshman: Don't Pack A Mac
Business Week

Apple keeps clones from getting Up-To-Date
InfoWorld Electric

Apple Nixes Upgrade Program For Clone Buyers

Sacrificing Cannibals Is No Way To Fix What's Wrong With Apple
MacWEEK - Henry Norr

Apple Stops Clone Certification