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[3]: Oh no..
by alcibiades on Tue 6th Oct 2009 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Oh no.."
alcibiades
Member since:
2005-10-12

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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RE[4]: Oh no..
by Mellin on Wed 7th Oct 2009 00:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Oh no.."
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple could make it a hell to be a clone user

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