Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Nov 2009 23:55 UTC
Mac OS X Apple has finally released Mac OS X 10.6.2, the latest version of its Snow Leopard operating system, and be prepared for a massive update for your Mac: 473MB. There's a lot of stuff in here, and among other things, it includes a fix for the guest account data loss bug.
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Curious...
by grat on Tue 10th Nov 2009 07:16 UTC
grat
Member since:
2006-02-02

How many people would support Microsoft if they suddenly released SP4 for XP (and SP1 for Vista), and announced that you could no longer run the operating system on non-Microsoft approved hardware? And what if that hardware was only available from companies that paid a license fee to Microsoft?

After all, this was the doomsday scenario when TPM was introduced that had everyone in a panic.

Or, what if GPLv4 declared that you couldn't use GPL software on any hardware not deemed "open" by the FSF?

Would people support Microsoft, or the Free Software Foundation in this case?

Why are shrinkwrap licenses and EULA's evil (and worth lawsuits) when they're written in Redmond, but not in Cupertino?

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RE: Curious...
by Drumhellar on Tue 10th Nov 2009 08:22 in reply to "Curious..."
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Were Microsoft to do that, there would be an outcry, and it would be justified. That would be a change in business practices. It is very reasonable to expect Microsoft to support updates to their OS on all previously supported hardware. They have always done this. This is why Windows was successful.

As with every doomsday scenario, TPM never happened. I don't think there ever was even the slightest danger.

Same with such a GPL change. It is so fundamentally different from the GPL's philosophy that it would rightfully receive criticism. GPL doesn't govern use; it governs distribution. This is why the GPL was successful as a license.

Apple is in a completely different situation. Nobody expects such openness. Nobody expects unsupported hardware to work. Apple did not disable previously supported hardware. The fact that Snow Leopard previously worked is inconsequential. Merely working on hardware is not the same as being supported.

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RE: Curious...
by memson on Tue 10th Nov 2009 12:56 in reply to "Curious..."
memson Member since:
2006-01-01

How many people would support Microsoft if they suddenly released SP4 for XP ...


Gotta stop you there. You seem to be implying that Apple "suddenly" dropped support when, in fact, SUPPORT NEVER EXISTED IN THE FIRST PLACE. That is a very, VERY, important thing to realise. Without understanding that point, any argument put forward is pointless. That is all.

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RE[2]: Curious...
by rockwell on Tue 10th Nov 2009 14:57 in reply to "RE: Curious..."
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

No shit. These posters are clueless idiots. The Atom processor was NEVER supported, and won't be, unless Apple says so.

Unbelievable, the idiocy on these boards.

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RE: Curious...
by orestes on Tue 10th Nov 2009 20:31 in reply to "Curious..."
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Your problem is you're comparing a company whose primary business is selling commodity operating systems to a company whose primary business is selling hardware with their own custom OS as a value add. What you should really ask is whether say, Dell users for example, would care if Dell released an update for their machines that removed unofficial support for some piece of hardware Dell never actually sold in the first place.

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RE: Curious...
by Mellin on Tue 10th Nov 2009 23:32 in reply to "Curious..."
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

GPL software can be forked

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