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[3]: It's their OS
by jimmy1971 on Tue 4th Oct 2011 16:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It's their OS"
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Blah, blah, blah.

I don't use OS X, but if I did PURCHASE the DVD I would use/install it the same manner as I use a book. Just because some judge has sided with the party with drastically-deeper pockets doesn't mean it's settled.

Further to the book comparison...if I purchased a book and it came with a scrap of paper saying I could only read it under a light approved by the publisher, I would go ahead and read it under any damn light I wish. If the publisher (or Apple, in this case) wishes to contest one's use of their product, they're going to have to take them to court and risk a legal crusade, along with any bad publicity to go with it. The "cool" of the Apple logo has gone unquestioned long enough.

"As we noted in 2009, when Apple won its first round against Psystar, the decision will certainly limit companies that try to make a commercial business out of re-selling Apple's software with unauthorized hardware. What it won't limit will be hobbyists creating their own hackintoshes at home using their own PCs and OS X installations. In fact, the commercial industry has largely moved on already by selling tools to those at-home hackers (instead of the software and computers themselves), making enforcement of Apple's licensing agreement effectively moot for those users." --Jacqui Cheng,

"One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The difference between a criminal and an outlaw is that while criminals frequently are victims, outlaws never are. Indeed, the first step toward becoming a true outlaw is the refusal to be victimized.
All people who live subject to other people's laws are victims. People who break laws out of greed, frustration, or vengeance are victims. People who overturn laws in order to replace them with their own laws are victims. (I am speaking here of revolutionaries.) We outlaws, however, live beyond the law. We don't merely live beyond the letter of the law--many businessmen, most politicians, and all cops do that--we live beyond the spirit of the law. In a sense, then, we live beyond society. Have we a common goal, that goal is to turn the tables on the nature of society. When we succeed, we raise the exhilaration content of the universe. We even raise it a little bit when we fail."
-- from Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Edited 2011-10-04 16:30 UTC

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