Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2008 21:44 UTC
Apple The website of a Miami-based networking and security solutions reseller became inaccessible Monday, shortly after the company began advertising an unauthorized Mac clone for a fraction of the cost of Apple's cheapest system. Dubbed OpenMac, the USD 400 offering from Psystar Corporation is described as 'a low-cost high-performance computing platform' based on the ongoing OSX86Project - a hacker-based initiative aimed at maintaining a version of the Mac OS X operating system for everyday PCs. The website is back online now, and the machine has been renamed to Open Computer. Update: Psystar says they will continue to sell the Open Computer system, despite the fact that it appears to violate Apple's EULA. "We're not breaking any laws," they insisted.
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RE: Breach of Contract
by HappyGod on Tue 15th Apr 2008 04:22 UTC in reply to "Breach of Contract"
HappyGod
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2005-10-19

Installing OSX on a non-apple computer would be a breach of contract according to the EULA, which is essentially the contract you are agreeing to when you purchase the operating system. So Macintosh is allowed to sue you for breaching.


Actually no. You don't agree to anything when you buy the software, you just hand over some cash. You do however "agree" to it during the install, but there are the following issues:

1. You don't actually sign your name, you just click a button. It might not be a valid contract.

2. You can't use the product unless you agree. That might be a breach of fair-use.

3. You aren't notified of these restrictions at the point of sale.

Until someone challenges in court and raises these issues, it's not clear at all whether EULA are worth the paper they're (not) written on.

Edited 2008-04-15 04:24 UTC

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