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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Yes, there is a significant difference, many of them.

The issue with OSX is

(1) whether you are violating copyright to install it on the 'wrong' computer

(2) whether the EULA clause which prohibits that is enforceable.

(3) and, in the USA, whether, if it is enforceable, to break it and then use the software is a copyright violation.

The cases are Vernor vs Autocad, Blizzard vs MDY, Softman. Read each of them, including the groklaw account of Blizzard, and you will understand the issues.

The issue with IE is whether, given that you have dominant market share in the OS market, you may bundle a piece of applications software you have made, while refusing to bundle competitive applications software from other vendors.

So, for instance, could you bundle an MS word processor while refusing to bundle also Open Office. Or, do you have to treat all applications in the same way? So if you bundle IE, also bundle Firefox and Opera. If you bundle Word, at no extra price, also bundle OO Writer and so on. Or, another way, allow the user to choose which to take at first startup.

You can see that these are not the same thing at all.

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