Linked by Andrew Youll on Sun 7th Aug 2005 15:36 UTC, submitted by heron
Mac OS X According to the guys at, some intrepid individuals have been able to get OS X running on generic hardware. There is a full explaination and some details on the site.
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RE[2]: Hyprocritical.
by David on Tue 9th Aug 2005 03:06 UTC
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Thom, violating the terms of the Apple license may be illegal in some places. However, in many places, "shrink wrap" licenses such as the ones that cover most off-the-shelf software have not been proven to be enforceable.

Have you ever been to a dry cleaner's and seen a sign posted that says, something like, "liability for damage to clothing is limited to the price of the cleaning service." Is this true? Not in most places. If the dry cleaner damages your $50 shirt, they're usually responsible to pay you the full cost of replacement. And they know it. Why do they put up the sign then? Because they know that many of their customers do not know the intricacies of the law, and will therefore reluctantly accept a $2.50 refund instead of demanding a $50 restitution. Software company lawyers do the same thing. They throw everything but the kitchen sink into their licenses, knowing that nobody ever reads them. On the other hand, nobody ever actually accepts them, either. So in most countries, they're not valid contracts.

On the other hand, partner contracts, non-disclosure agreements, developer contracts, etc, are actually accepted and signed. So they are enforceable. So whoever put software up on Bittorrent did violate a contract. Whoever downloaded it violated copyright, but they didn't violate any contracts. And once the software is available for sale, their license agreement will still be in a legal gray area.

In my opinion, once OSX x86 is available to buy, it will neither be illegal nor immoral for people to try to install it on whatever machine they want to try to install it on.

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