Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Jan 2009 15:41 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We've already covered EFI-X a few times on OSNews. It's a boot processing unit that implements a working version of EFI, allowing you to boot all sorts of operating systems - including Mac OS X, without having to hack Apple's OS, meaning all updates will work flawlessly. And this is exactly where the problem lies: the company that makes the EFI-X, Arts Studio Entertainment Media, doesn't want to be associated in any way with people using the device to install Mac OS X. In fact, ASEM has stated that it will sue anyone who sells the EFI-X pre-installed in a machine that violates another company's terms of use, for instance by including a pre-installed copy of Mac OS X. EFI-X USA LLC (unrelated to ASEM), has done exactly this, and that's why ASEM severed its connections with the US company.
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RE: neat
by sirhalos on Wed 21st Jan 2009 18:56 UTC in reply to "neat"
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I agree I have always felt the same way. Apple is doing a lot of work to break hacks to get OSX to work on a normal PC but it could work the other way and cause more problems with the system for them. I don't argue they shouldn't go after people trying to sell Mac Clones they should go after them. However I don't think they should be going out of their way to apply patches hoping they break people from using OSX on their own hardware. It has been proven many times most people do not install their OS let alone do the research to buy compatible parts and build a computer. The only thing they are doing is forcing people to download an illegal copy. They will always be people downloading illegal copies however if people knew that Apple wasn't going to go out of their way to break their system via patches they may actually buy a copy of OSX I know I would. Allowing people to do this would bring more hackers to work on Darwin and other projects that normally wouldn't be involved and I don't think it would hurt their sells.

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