Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 18:08 UTC, submitted by JayDee
Hardware, Embedded Systems As if selling non-Apple labelled computers with Mac OS X pre-installed and licensing the technology to do so to third parties wasn't enough, Psystar has now moved ahead and has started offering its Rebel EFI package for everyone to buy and use. It makes it possible for just about anyone to install Mac OS X on a non-Apple labelled computer.
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RE[3]: Open/Free Source
by VTPower on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Open/Free Source"
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No respect? They are buying legal copies of Mac OS X, and they then resell those to their customers. I'm failing to see the not respecting part here.

OMG! You must be kidding! Apple's license specifically states that the os can not be installed on any non apple hardware. Yet that is what pystar does. So yes, they do not respect apple's license.

Copyright law applies to companies and individuals all the same, so if Psystar has no respect for Apple's IP, then it means that anybody who has ever resold a legal copy of Mac OS X does not respect Apple's IP either.

You're completely off in left field now. You're mixing two different scenarios to try and justify your position. It's obvious your a pystar supporter but it's also obvious you lack any knowledge of existing ip/licensing law.

Edited 2009-10-23 20:26 UTC

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RE[4]: Open/Free Source
by merkoth on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 20:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Open/Free Source"
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Pardon my ignorance, but I can't help but notice that most people seem to be unable to put an S after a P, consistently writing Pystar. Or maybe I'm missing some sort of joke / insult?

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RE[4]: Open/Free Source
by obsidian on Sat 24th Oct 2009 05:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Open/Free Source"
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Apple's license specifically states that the os can not be installed on any non apple hardware.


That's like saying that if I buy a car from Apple(tm) Motor Co, I can only drive it on Apple(tm) roads and fill it with Apple(tm) gas.
Sheesh - what a draconian license.

This reminds me of the "DVD Jon" scenario, where (iirc) he bought a DVD and couldn't play it on his Linux box, so he tinkered away until he could.
He won that legal battle, and I'm sure that a legal case could be won against this clause.

If I were a lawyer, I would love to challenge that clause in court. Apple might have it in their license, but I wouldn't mind betting that it is unenforceable.

If I buy a legal copy of the OS, I should be able to install it on whatever I want - my PC, toaster or clothes-dryer.

There must be a section of law which covers this area.
"Restraint of trade" probably isn't quite the one, but that's what I'm getting at - the freedom to use a legally-purchased product in whatever way you see fit.

If I bought Apple's software (completely legally), but got my hardware from elsewhere, what business is it of Apples?

Edited 2009-10-24 05:57 UTC

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