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Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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You do not own Mac OSX, you License it.
by Abstract on Sun 25th Oct 2009 20:06 UTC
Abstract
Member since:
2009-10-24

Why does everyone keep making the mistake of thinking they own their copy of Mac OSX? When you buy the "retail" copy, you are purchasing a License to use it, the disc that accompanies it it more of a convenient form of distribution. So you don't have to download it, or submit your Registration/Activation/whatever you want to call it Key and download it directly from Apple.
All that nonsense aside, what is the big gripe anyway? If you don't agree with the terms and conditions that Apple has in order to use Mac OSX then why even use it?
Apple has what 10% market share? Do you have to use it in order to be able to perform your livelihood in order to make an income? Does someone have a gun to your family / loved ones head, telling you if you do not use Mac OSX they are dead? Is the world going to end, if you do not save it using Mac OSX? Basically are you forced to use Mac OSX? Are there no alternative OSes?

Funniest thing is the whole price tag argument. If you were so worried about the cost of things (anything) what car do you drive? is it a 10,000 dollar Kia? or the lowest priced car available? Wouldn't any car that is mechanically sound still get you to point B from point A? Do you buy your shoes from Payless for $12.99 ? Do you get your clothes from Kmart, WalMart or a thrift store?

Obviously Mac OSX is the greatest OS currently available or why would there be so much discussion / debate on how Mac OSX should be available to be installed on non-Apple hardware.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maIgu_7oLm0

Do we want a License for Mac OSX to cost a lot more then it currently does? Do we want Apple to implement Registration / Activation Key (or whatever) protection to deter pirating? Do we want some of the issues that plagues Windows, with driver/hardware incompatibilities?

A lot of the R&D costs for Mac OSX is offset by the high margins they get from hardware sales. Apple's current business model works, they make a profit. Apple is a debt free company, share holders are happy. Are they not a successful company? What obligation do they have to allow for clones?

If you do not agree with the terms and conditions in the License Agreement for Mac OSX do not purchase a License. Choose another OS, use another OS. Apple hardware to expensive for you, don't buy it.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Why does everyone keep making the mistake of thinking they own their copy of Mac OSX? When you buy the "retail" copy, you are purchasing a License to use it


Various judges disagree with you on that one, most recently Vernor vs. Autodesk. Whose word to take...

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Abstract Member since:
2009-10-24

Various judges disagree with you on that one, most recently Vernor vs. Autodesk. Whose word to take...


Had to go look up Vernor vs Autodesk.
Vernor wasn't selling a computer with Autodesk pre installed, Psystar is selling computers with Mac OSX pre-installed. Apple vs Psystar isn't about Psystar reselling copies of Mac OSX, like Best Buy, Amazon, etc.. are doing, its about Psystar selling computers with Mac OSX already installed on it.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Why does everyone keep making the mistake of thinking they own their copy of Mac OSX? When you buy the "retail" copy, you are purchasing a License to use it


Various judges disagree with you on that one, most recently Vernor vs. Autodesk. Whose word to take...
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Vernor vs. Autodesk confirms that you do indeed own the copy of the software. Which means you can shred it, eat it, burn it, whatever you want to that specific copy. The same case also confirms that *use* of the software is governed by the license, which means you must adhere to the terms of the license when you actually install and use it.

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Obviously Mac OSX is the greatest OS currently available...

Well, that is the big question here, isn't it? Is OS X the greatest OS out there? Apple (and cult fans) tells us it is, but to know for sure, you have to make a leap of faith and buy a beige box in a pretty dress for a pretty steep markup.

When you do make the leap of faith, you either discover Macintosh + OS X is computing Valhalla or you find you basically bought an expensive but bog standard x86 machine, with a run of the mill *Nix with a prettied up shell.

I think most people would like to find out if the "Think different", "I'm a Mac / I'm a PC" and "It just works" marketing magic of Apple is the honest truth or just a puff of smoke up our collective rear.

we'd like to know and preferably before we pour twice the price of a comparable and decent Windows machine into Apple's coffers. Because going Mac is adopting a niche (just like Linux / BSD / Haiku is) and with that comes limited hardware and software support. Then the high price and the inconvenience of less choice better be outweighed by the "magical" Apple integration advantage.

...or why would there be so much discussion / debate on how Mac OSX should be available to be installed on non-Apple hardware.

I think to find out if OS X truly is that magical OS that brings you Unicorns and ponies all the while it's doing your computing tasks, without running the risk of being ripped off by Apple for a mediocre PC with a nice casing and delivering an OS that works Ok but isn't that panacea that is touted in all the hype.

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As an aside. Personally, my rational side tells me that Apple kit is just a pretty x86 PC with a polished Unix. Something one can also pretty much get by just getting a good non-Apple x86 machine and installing a nice BSD or Linux on it. The problem is that my lofty idealist side really want's to believe there is a magic blue pill that makes computing not suck. It's my rational side that wants an easy hackintosh to have that red pill to shove down my idealistic throat.

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NathanHill Member since:
2006-10-06

Wow. You haven't tried Mac OS X? It's way more than a *NIX shell with a fancy skin or whatever. Not sure if it is Unicorns and ponies, but it does make using Windows or any version of Linux feel like slumming.

I don't think Apple makes beige boxes any more, by the way. If you want, you can pick up an older G4 Mac or something for like $100 to try Mac OS X out on. It won't be super fast, but it will give you a great opportunity to see how neat Leopard is and all the great software out there.

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

There is allways a price/performance ratio. The smaller the ratio is, the better. So let's say I have an amount of money to buy a car. A normal person with a satate of good mental health, chooses the best price/performance ratio within that segment. It's that simple. If you have a small penis, if you aren't sure about your sexual identity, if you were abused in the childhood, then you buy a car which you think that makes you smarter, cooler and also enlarges your penis.

As for activation keys/other protection methods, they don't work. At least they don't work for someone who isn't atechical.

As for using activation keys who don't work with a regular PC, I'll take them in court for obstructing me using a product with I legitmately have bought. It's like Volkswagen obstructing me using the car if I use gas from another seller by modifying key design. I don't know about USA and Common law system, but in EU I'm sure that a lawful and legitimate buyer will win a case in court if someone else is obstructing him to use a product.

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