Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Feb 2009 20:55 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal The legal case between Apple and Psystar has just taken another, very small turn. Psystar gained a small victory over Apple today, because U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup allowed Psystar to modify its counter-suit against Apple, after he had dismissed the original counter-suit. However, something more interesting came out of this ruling: the judge hinted at what would happen if Psystar were to win.
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Legit Clones
by Adurbe on Mon 9th Feb 2009 21:42 UTC
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

If apple do lose this case then they would only have one route to go. Make legitimate clone makers

Basically they could then force inflated fees on all the clone makes

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RE: Legit Clones
by alcibiades on Mon 9th Feb 2009 21:49 in reply to "Legit Clones"
alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

No, it would mean there was nothing to license. Anyone could install OSX on a machine and sell it. Dell too. They'd have to stop selling OSX at retail to stop it. Or DRM it to lock it to their own hardware.

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RE[2]: Legit Clones
by heartsglory on Mon 9th Feb 2009 21:52 in reply to "RE: Legit Clones"
heartsglory Member since:
2009-02-09

Hmmm I wonder how long it would take to break DRM before OSX was out on Hackintoshes again? Me thinks 24 hours....

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RE[2]: Legit Clones
by Adurbe on Mon 9th Feb 2009 22:21 in reply to "RE: Legit Clones"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

what they would no longer be able to do would be limiting the install on apple only hardware.

drm on the hardware would be fairly difficult (i mean difficult in finding a way that isnt hackable inside 5 mins) I think it would annoy more than it stopped

What would be interesting is if they made Apple OSX upgrade only and available only to those with a valid key (ie a key only comes with an apple mac)

OEMs could be offered 'Peach OSX' a rebranded version of osx which is limited feature set (no expose etc etc)and having only community support thereby retaining brand prominence and value.

p.s. i know i went off on a tangent but the more i think about it the more the idea intrigues me

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