Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 12:07 UTC
Linux I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I have an Atom 330-based tiny computer which I use as my HTPC. It performed its job fine running Windows 7 and Boxee, and over the past few months, it ran Mac OS X Leopard with Plex. Now, however, I want to try Linux as an HTPC operating system, but I kind of ran into a roadblock there with Ubuntu 9.10 - so the question is: what is a good HTPC Linux distribution?
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Who cares?
by tyrione on Fri 30th Oct 2009 17:20 UTC
tyrione
Member since:
2005-11-21

You just shot all your professional status to hell by admitting to fraud.

You sheepishly ask for help by coyly admitting you're ``in a pickle'' and are asking for free advise to accomplish legally with Linux what you did illegally with a Hackintosh version of OS X?

Seriously?

Completely unprofessional.

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RE: Who cares?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 30th Oct 2009 17:48 in reply to "Who cares?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

what you did illegally with a Hackintosh version of OS X?


Sue me.

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RE: Who cares? - illegal?
by jabbotts on Fri 30th Oct 2009 18:18 in reply to "Who cares?"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

From my following the recent discussions; isn't the EULA unlawful in Netherlands indicating that his building a hackintosh was fully within local laws? Since a post sale restriction does not apply, copyright law allows for the legally purchased content to be installed provided it's not installed in two or more places?

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RE: Who cares?
by djitanium on Fri 30th Oct 2009 19:51 in reply to "Who cares?"
djitanium Member since:
2009-09-25

Agreed. But then again, OSNews isn't really famous for a professional image. The site is rife with dilettantism and arguing over the smallest trifles. Join us next week when someone needs advice on how to trick OS/2 into installing on a PowerMac G3 they found on the piss-stained floor of the boiler room at their small town high-school using floppies. Laugh as the entire OSNews gang practically murders each other when six different people come up with six different ways of accomplishing the same pointless/impossible task!

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

You just shot all your professional status to hell by admitting to fraud.

You sheepishly ask for help by coyly admitting you're ``in a pickle'' and are asking for free advise to accomplish legally with Linux what you did illegally with a Hackintosh version of OS X?

Seriously?

Completely unprofessional.


Since it obviously upsets you, I'm going to go install OS X on a non-Apple PC right now - just for spite.

Hahaha!
- BallmerKnowsBest

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RE: Who cares?
by Morgan on Fri 30th Oct 2009 23:53 in reply to "Who cares?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

What law did he break? An EULA is not criminally enforceable, else half the computer-using people on earth would be rotting in jail. He didn't violate the DMCA (not that it matters in his country anyway) and he certainly didn't steal anything. If you'd read his article on the Hackintosh process he used, you'd know that. He used a Leopard retail disc, a boot-132 bootloader (open source under Apple's own license) and he even labeled the computer with an apple--tongue in cheek maybe, but to the letter of the EULA.

So, as a law enforcement employee for the past ten years, I ask you: What law did he break? My coworkers certainly wouldn't arrest him for installing legally purchased software on a legally purchased computer with no circumvention of copyrighted content. In fact, they'd likely arrest YOU for false report of a crime, which is illegal.

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