Linked by David Adams on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 17:33 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Legal Apple has the right to continue restricting its operating systems to its own hardware thanks to a decision handed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder wrote in her opinion that Apple's Mac OS X licensing agreement was indeed enforceable against Psystar, which had sold non-Mac computers with Mac OS X installed.
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RE[5]: It's their OS
by jimmy1971 on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: It's their OS"
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Yes, that's what we believe, and it is also what the courts believe. In the article this story was linked to, the Appeals Court said its decision "won't limit will be hobbyists creating their own hackintoshes at home using their own PCs and OS X installations."

Legal agreements are just scraps of paper -- it's how effectively they can be enforced that matters. Ergo, that blurb in the OS X EULA about only using the software on Apple-labelled is just so much meaningless noise to be tuned out by the end user who has shelled out their hard-earned money.

If Apple doesn't want OS X used on non-Apple hardware, they shouldn't make it available for purchase on its own.

Edited 2011-10-03 23:12 UTC

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