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Ask OSNews: Hackintosh Legality
on Wed 30th Nov 2011 20:23 UTC
A reader asks: "Can someone comment on the legality of using my brother's old Snow Leopard DVD to install OS X? My brother has Lion, so why can't he choose to give it to me? It doesn't violate Apple's 1 license per 1 computer policy."
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RE: The bottom line
on Thu 1st Dec 2011 02:46 UTC in reply to "
The bottom line
Regardless of the "gray areas" the bottom line is this: if you're not installing OS-X on a Macintosh computer than Apple isn't going to be happy about it, they're not going to support you and they'll do everything in their power to stop you. Period.
I agree with your first two points, but as a Hackintosh user for the last 18 months, I would describe Apple's prevention activities towards the community as downright lackluster. Indifferent, even. I upgraded to 10.7 through the app store with a paid download. Using available tutorials/tools, I was surprised how painless it was (I installed 10.6 with a legitimately purchased install DVD). 10.6.X and 10.7.X upgrades are not exactly foolproof, but when something does go wrong, fixes usually involve an extension rollback. Point being, it could be a lot more difficult than it is.
I'm not sure why Apple hasn't taken a more active role against using OS X on non-compliant hardware, but the fact is that it does not require activation or verification (at least not at this time). Of course, such measures certainly do not prevent Windows 7 from being pirated. Perhaps Apple figures that there will always be those individuals who will find a way but that they are an acceptably small minority of users. Running a Hackintosh isn't exactly rocket science, but it's not stupid simple either; maybe this is enough of a roadblock to most people.
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