Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Oct 2009 21:45 UTC, submitted by JayDee
Hardware, Embedded Systems Just when you thought you saw it all. So, we all know about Psystar, the two lawsuits between them and Apple, and all the other stuff that's been regurgitated about ten million times on OSNews alone. Well, that little company has taken its business to the next level - by announcing an OEM licensing program.
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RE: Oh no..
by WereCatf on Mon 5th Oct 2009 22:18 UTC in reply to "Oh no.."
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should we start placing bets on when apple will come crasing down on them in a hell fire and brimestone laden wrath?

Even if Apple wanted to do that there is actually very little they can do. They are trying to stop PsyStar as much as they can, but they can't ever completely shut them down, and OSX86 is completely open-source and doesn't contain any violating code so there's even less they can do about that.

I am personally only interested in the legal circumstances about this; what will the court decide about PsyStar's practices, what are the ramifications of it and so on. I have no personal interest in ever owning a Hackintosh.

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RE[2]: Oh no..
by Mellin on Mon 5th Oct 2009 22:21 in reply to "RE: Oh no.."
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apple could add enter your macs serial number to install

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RE[3]: Oh no..
by alcibiades on Tue 6th Oct 2009 08:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh no.."
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How long will it be before serial numbers are cracked? A couple of days? Even going to product activation and product keys, will that work for long? And if they start turning off copies of the OS, how many false positives will there be?

Product activation for Windows is hard enough when all you are trying to do is stop people updating bootleg copies. When you are trying to stop people use hardware bought someplace else, and when your own components are changing all the time. I guess you can put in some kind of chip, like the rom that Apple used to use. How long till that gets cracked? A couple of weeks?

This is basically dead, both technically and legally. It will take a while for everyone involved to accept it, but its over as an issue. The question now is about the market implications as it goes forward.

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Hm.. I've a powerPC Apple. Since I won't get updates too much longer and can't update to the latest major OS version release.. can I use it's serial number to legitimize a hackintosh replacement? This, provided they enable a serial number verification and I retain the PowerPC brick of hardware as proof of license?


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