Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Sep 2008 09:15 UTC, submitted by Andrew Youll
Mac OS X If you want to run Mac OS X on a standard, non-Apple-labelled x86 box, you have various options. You can go all creative and build and install one yourself, and then be weary when installing updates from Apple. You can also buy a Mac clone from PsyStar, and then be weary of Apple's crack team of lawyers. A third option has just become available: EFI-X.
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RE[2]: Won't fit in my mind.
by tristan on Wed 17th Sep 2008 14:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Won't fit in my mind."
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except for SW - a SW product is not a car, when you buy it, it does not become yours - its property (copyright, and intellectual property over algorithms and mechanisms the SW implements) remains the company's

When I buy a television, I don't expect to take ownership of the "intellectual property" of the company that makes it. The designs of the chips inside it aren't mine, and no-one would expect them to be. The design of the menu screens aren't mine, and so on.

But at the same time, I don't expect the TV manufacturer to be able to tell which which channels I can and can't watch, or which DVD player I can connect to it.

How have we managed to get into the situation where people accept -- and in some cases even defend! -- software companies being able to tell us what to do *after we've bought their product*, in a way that would be completely unacceptable for any other type of product?

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