Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 18:08 UTC, submitted by JayDee
Hardware, Embedded Systems As if selling non-Apple labelled computers with Mac OS X pre-installed and licensing the technology to do so to third parties wasn't enough, Psystar has now moved ahead and has started offering its Rebel EFI package for everyone to buy and use. It makes it possible for just about anyone to install Mac OS X on a non-Apple labelled computer.
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RE[4]: Open/Free Source
by obsidian on Sat 24th Oct 2009 05:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Open/Free Source"
obsidian
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Apple's license specifically states that the os can not be installed on any non apple hardware.
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Interesting...

That's like saying that if I buy a car from Apple(tm) Motor Co, I can only drive it on Apple(tm) roads and fill it with Apple(tm) gas.
Sheesh - what a draconian license.

This reminds me of the "DVD Jon" scenario, where (iirc) he bought a DVD and couldn't play it on his Linux box, so he tinkered away until he could.
He won that legal battle, and I'm sure that a legal case could be won against this clause.

If I were a lawyer, I would love to challenge that clause in court. Apple might have it in their license, but I wouldn't mind betting that it is unenforceable.

If I buy a legal copy of the OS, I should be able to install it on whatever I want - my PC, toaster or clothes-dryer.

There must be a section of law which covers this area.
"Restraint of trade" probably isn't quite the one, but that's what I'm getting at - the freedom to use a legally-purchased product in whatever way you see fit.

If I bought Apple's software (completely legally), but got my hardware from elsewhere, what business is it of Apples?

Edited 2009-10-24 05:57 UTC

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