Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Nov 2007 15:28 UTC, submitted by JCooper
Mac OS X "Ever since I got the eeePC I've loved how easy it is to tinker with. Since I'm not a Linux guy, I dumped the Xandros preload and opted for Windows XP so I could use my EVDO USB datacard and blogging software easier, but I wondered could I install OSX on it? And, after trial and error - you can! The only problem is that the eeePC only supports SSE2 instead of the SSE3 that Leopard is coded for. Kind of a bummer, and will require some extra tinkering to coax the OS on the eeePC."
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RE[3]: Illegal?
by jal_ on Mon 19th Nov 2007 12:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Illegal?"
jal_
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2006-11-02

It is legal in the US for Apple to sell me computer software but deny me the "right" to run it on a machine that I own?

The thing is, software companies don't seel you their software, but the right to use the software. And in that way, they are allowed to dictate what the terms of use are.

I wonder if the US would next consider a law that allowed a bicycle manufacturer to forbid me to ride on my own property a bike I bought from a bicycle shop.

It's better to compare it to a rent or lease: if you lease a bike, it's not yours. You may use it, but only to the extent of your contract with the one who rents the bike. The same goes for software.

"The European Software Directive (adopted by the UK in 1992) gives users the freedom to copy, run, modify, and reverse-engineer lawfully acquired programs."

Yes, but there are additional laws describing what "copy", "run", "modify" and "reverse-engineer" means. E.g. you can only make a copy for back-up purposes, not to run it on a different machine (at least not simultaneously). And the "freedom to copy" does not mean the "right to copy", so software manufacturers are perfectly withint their rights from preventing you to do so.


JAL

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