Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st May 2009 22:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Yes, it's been one busy week here at OSNews. We published a guide on how to build a computer that can run Mac OS X using an unaltered retail disc, and this guide became one of the most often-visited stories in a matter of days. On top of that, we had countless interesting and insightful discussions about Mono and Moonlight, the Linux Unified Kernel, switching to Mac OS X, the future of the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, and lots of other interesting stuff. Due to me being engulfed in university work, there is - again - no My Take this week. It might take a few weeks before I can get My Take back into the game - my apologies for that.
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I've read your Hackintosh article and looked at the software you used to achieve the installation (Boot 123 and the drivers package particularly).

They do no miracle and part of their code are based on Apple's kernel extensions code being modified to crack the protections implemented in the original kext.

So not only the procedure violates the EULA which requires an Apple BRANDED (not just labeled) computer but also violates copyright laws in the USA and internationally, as it uses modified copyrighted code.

So the procedure is not at all legal even if you used unmodified Leopard DVD.

What I wonder on the subject is why nobody has tried to do a class-action against Apple if so much people seem to disagree with the EULA term saying that you can install Mac OS X only on an Apple branded computer. I'm not american but as far as I know this procedure that exists in the US allow US citizen to group themselves to sue a company.

So this would be perfectly suited to remove the legal barrier of the EULA (dont forget to tell also to the court that you want also the court to condemn Apple to put all the resources they have to help making Mac OS X installation on PCs possible.
Because if not, you'll still have to crack the existing protections and so modify or use other hackers modified copyrighted software (kernel extensions for instance like AppleDecrypt.kext), which would still make the install illegal regarding copyright laws.

Edited 2009-06-01 07:37 UTC

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