Macintosh clone manufacturers plan to ship machines with the newly launched Mac OS 8 operating system, even though none of them have yet agreed definite terms with Apple.
At the OS 8 launch Guerrina De Luca, marketing director at Apple, said negotiations with cloners are continuing but admitted: "Cloners will not ship OS 8 until contracts are signed. We hope to announce something as soon as possible." No agreements have yet been made.
One cloner, Power Computing, revealed it has a dispute with Apple over licensing terms for Mac OS 8 and Rhapsody, the codename for the next generation of its OS, which is now under development (see VNU Newswire, 30 June). Now the company has said it will ship clones with OS 8 next week, relying on the terms in its contract that state it must renegotiate when the OS is given a "major upgrade". Power Computing defines Rhapsody, but not OS 8, as a major upgrade but Apple claims OS 8 also comes under this heading.
Power Computing may still use a sub-licensing agreement it has with IBM to source OS 8 if necessary.
Motorola said it has avoided the problem by including a copy of the OS with its machines for customers to install, but Umax has stated it will wait until it has negotiated a proper agreement.
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