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: Gets more and more ridiculous
by onetwo on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 21:26 UTC in reply to "Gets more and more ridiculous"
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Will they produce it? Hell no. Buy a Mini for that 500 and get a spec you could better for 250. Buy an iMac, throw away your perfectly good screen, pay 1,000, wait for your hard drive to blow from lack of decent cooling, and put your backup in an external box against the day when it does. Or, and this is where it gets funny, buy a Pro, hand over 1,900. Yes, you get a quad Xeon which you neither need nor want. You get a 2 or 3mm thick case wrapped around mediocre off the shelf parts. Yet you're paying 3-4 times your budget. For what? For Cupertino overhead, is what.

I only registered to post a reply. I understand your frustration that people buy overpriced computers from apple, but they are buyng it and not you. Yes, I agree that they can have a better setup on a custom built box running OSX provided Apple's grace. But you cannot blame apple for enticing people into buying their overpriced hardware and protecting their own, self created (i dont care that OSX is built on a BSD, it has long surpassed it by so much that it will cost millions to recode only cocoa probably) OS. And you see, here is where you get things really wrong: Apple (aka the supplier) is not to be blamed for releasing their own product with their own rules out in the wild, for if I start selling dogshit (excuse me for the subtle lingo) my initiative is doomed to begin with. If there was a demand by us (the customers on a _large scale_) then they (apple) will have to change. But the assumption that the process of running a half broken OSX in fear of the newly landed update 10.X.XX cannot be stopped is not even an argument. Yes, there will be always people doing some minor hacks, but don't confuse them with anything major. It is a grand initiative to get OSX running even breaking the EULA the way it should be run on a custom hardware.

So, in summary of what I've said, yes, it can go more than forever that process you refer to. Until you get sick of tweaking and start doing some real work on a fully working OS (no matter the hardware, no matter the OS).

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