Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 20:56 UTC
Mac OS X Getting Mac OS X up and running on a computer without an Apple label has always been a bit of a hassle. You needed customised Mac OS X disks, updates would ruin all your hard work, and there was lots of fiddling with EFI and the likes. Ever since the release of boot-132, this is no longer the case. Read on for how setting up a "Hack"intosh really is as easy as 1, 3, 2.
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Alex Forster
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No, he's right. Apple actively prevents you from installing on a regular PC, and Boot123 circumvents that protection. It's a clear-cut DMCA violation. Don't get me wrong, I write this with a motherboard on its way that will allow me to run vanilla OSX86, but I don't pretend that it won't be illegal.

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Morgan Member since:

I'm not so sure you're right on this one. Apple does require your hardware to have EFI to bootstrap the install DVD, beyond that it's standard PC hardware. That seems to me to be passive prevention at best. If Boot123/Boot132 were illegal, then so would rEFIt be. It is the same concept in reverse, allowing you to install OSes onto Macs that are not officially supported by Apple, such as Linux. It does this by manipulating the EFI installed on the Mac.

Besides, emulation is completely legal unless you use illegal ROM files. Since Intel Macs don't use ROMs to boot, there's no illegal copying going on. EFI, an open standard not owned by Apple, is being emulated using an open-source platform. You can't get much more legal than that. Soon all PC motherboards will use EFI instead of legacy BIOS to bootstrap, and those machines will likely boot a retail Leopard disc without any workarounds.

As far as I can tell the only tenuous ground Thom is on is regarding the EULA, since his computer isn't truly Apple-labeled.

All in all, I really doubt Apple will care or even notice since this is a one-off experiment for personal use and enjoyment. I'd only expect a backlash if Thom started selling these machines with OS X preinstalled for profit.

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