Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Oct 2009 14:09 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Hardware, Embedded Systems When Psystar announced it Rebel EFI package, the company was quickly accused of simply taking open source code, repackaging it, and selling it for USD 50. While selling open source code is not a problem, not making the source code available if the license demands it is. Netkas, famous OSX86 hacker, and a Russian site are now claiming they have found the smoking gun.
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RE[5]: Comment by kaiwai
by boldingd on Wed 28th Oct 2009 23:16 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai"
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I've never really bought that argument. I don't see why OS X should ever have worse driver availability than Free BSD. (I'm not trolling; seriously!) It just doesn't make sense to me. I mean, I can already use any nVidia card, and any arbitrary RAM and SATA drive, right? How many on-board networking and sound chipsets are out there that FreeBSD doesn't have a working driver for?

Edit: Hell, for that matter, they could just have some kind of "Apple Compatible!" branding scheme, so that customers would know up-front at-a-glance when they buy a component if it'd work well with OS X. Then, Apple could sell OS X and let you install it on any machine, and you'd be able to pick hardware you'd know would work well - you'd just be limited to the narrow selection of third-party components that get certified. Point being, if Apple won't sell OS X independant of their hardware, I doubt it's because they're deathly afraid of driver problems.

Edited 2009-10-28 23:18 UTC

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