I miss Power Computing

Back in the day when Gil Amelio was running Apple he allowed some 3rd party (or beige box) manufacturers license the Mac OS. I actually bought one of these machines by a fantastic company at the time called Power Computing, unfortunately when Steve Jobs got Gil out with a nice board coup he killed this program. I think this was the only major mistake Jobs ever made, however we seem to be at a crossroads here. With the advent of virtualization software it is making specific hardware irrelevant (think vmware or parallels). So what is the logic in trying to stop an oncoming flood? Just open it up and let anyone like Dell or whoever throw OSX on their machines. How did Axiotron come out with this beauty of a tablet mac?