Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Apr 2010 21:40 UTC, submitted by Helge
Legal Well, this certainly explains a whole lot. Both Apple and Microsoft have stated that the legality of Theora is highly debatable, and as it turns out, they knew more than we do - most likely courtesy of their close involvement with the MPEG-LA. Responding to an email from Free Software Foundation Europe activist Hugo Roy, Steve Jobs has stated that a patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora. Update: Monty Montgomery of Xiph (Ogg and Theora's parent organisation) has responded on Slashdot: "If Jobs's email is genuine, this is a powerful public gaffe ('All video codecs are covered by patents'). He'd be confirming MPEG's assertion in plain language anyone can understand. It would only strengthen the pushback against software patents and add to Apple's increasing PR mess. Macbooks and iPads may be pretty sweet, but creative individuals don't really like to give their business to jackbooted thugs."
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RE[7]: arggh, f*ck patents
by woegjiub on Sat 1st May 2010 07:57 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: arggh, f*ck patents"
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If you're only after the OS, there's always virtualbox.
The new version has OSX Guest support.

That or hackintoshes, which are a nice way to stick it to apple :p

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RE[8]: arggh, f*ck patents
by Morgan on Sat 1st May 2010 08:39 in reply to "RE[7]: arggh, f*ck patents"
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Lately, even using my Hackintosh leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Apple has been skirting around being overbearing pricks for a while now, but this comment from Jobs really puts it out there.

Sadly, after this bombshell even going back to Linux as a main OS won't shield me from Apple's strong arm. I am appalled, and disgusted.

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RE[8]: arggh, f*ck patents
by nt_jerkface on Sat 1st May 2010 19:38 in reply to "RE[7]: arggh, f*ck patents"
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It's supported in the beta and there's also a legal issue which is why I'm not going to recommend it.

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