Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th May 2011 21:51 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Mac OS X "With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this summer, Apple will make the switch to a new kind of digital distribution for its operating system upgrades by releasing the software first through its new Mac App Store, AppleInsider has learned. The Mac App Store, available to all users running the most recent version of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, will become the de facto method for obtaining the Lion upgrade, people familiar with the matter have revealed. Users will be able to upgrade instantly without the need for physical media by purchasing Lion through the Mac App Store." The old-fashioned regular disc version (and hopefully, on a USB drive for Air owners such as myself) will still be available.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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Yeah, I had my facts a bit skewed. I was confusing the previous full version ( Mac Leopard) with the Mac Box set. The box set included more software and was aprox 130. It wasn't an upgrade version. Legally that's what you were supposed to buy if you had anything other than leopard. That's what happens when you post on an empty stomach before lunch.

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wocowboy Member since:

All the Snow Leopard discs, whether they were labeled Single-User or Family Pack, Full Version or Upgrade, were identical, they all had the full version and did not check to see if you had a previous version of MacOS installed or not, and they did not check in with Apple to see if they had been installed on one computer or 50.

Apple uses an honor system instead of the horrific anti-piracy hoops you have to jump through when using Windows, wherein if your $6 network card in your computer dies and you install a new one, Windows goes nuts and threatens to lock you out if you don't talk to a Microsoft representative over the phone and plead your case that you should not have to pay for another full version of Windows because your hardware "changed". I'm not making this up, it actually happened to me once with XP.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

I'm not making this up, it actually happened to me once with XP.

Yeah. I mean, the Mac crashes on me all the time, it is unstable and applications run dog-slow. Rebooting every 15 minutes solves some of the issues, but that's not really solution.

I'm not making this up, this actually happened to me with Mac OS 9.

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jptros Member since:

I personally don't buy that bull****. I've been working in IT for many years and I've changed a many of malfunctioning network adapters on Windows XP workstations during my time. Never once have I seen such an occurrence. On top of that, any time I've had to deal with the reactivation folks at Microsoft, the process has been as smooth as can be expected. There was not a bunch of questioning or pleading my case. This goes for the desktop and server lines of windows. I'm not saying I enjoy jumping through hoops, because that's exactly what it is. I'm saying you're spreading FUD.

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B. Janssen Member since:

I can just see it: you, on your knees, pleading, yelling and begging the stupid phone robot MS uses to re-activate your XP Home. But the heartless and money-mongering machine just repeats one single sentence in all its brutality:

Please enter the activation number displayed on your screen.
Please enter the activation number displayed on your screen.
Please enter the activation number displayed on your screen.
Please enter the activation number displayed on your screen.
Please enter the activation number displayed on your screen.
Please enter the activation number displayed on your screen.

But what does it matter, it's a toll-free call!

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Drumhellar Member since:

I call BS. I think this did NOT happen to you. I think you did NOT have to plead your case, and convince the rep that you were playing fair.. I think you are echoing fears people had initially with the activation of XP, when they thought minor hardware changes would invalidate their installation, fears which also turned out to be unfounded.

I myself have, on many occasions, moved an XP install from one motherboard to another, changing chipsets, and frequently, the processor (i.e. from AMD to Intel). I have never had to have copies of XP re-activated.

But, maybe it happened to you. Maybe you did have to contact them.

I have had to call their re-activation line, however, to activate Windows Server 2003. The call went like this:

MS: "How can I help you?"

Me: "I have to reactivate my copy of Windows Server 2003 Standard."

MS: "What is the product key?"

Me: (product key)

MS: "This has been activated several times in the past?"

Me: "Yes. We're using this copy at school."

MS: "Oh, okay. What is the name of the school?"

Me: (school name)

MS: "Okay. How many computers are you installing it on?"

Me: "Umm... I'm not sure yet. Lets say, 10."

MS: "Okay. Here are your activation codes."

Me: "Thank you."

MS: "You're welcome. Have a nice evening."

All in all, the only difficult aspect was actually making sure the codes were correctly understood over the phone. I understand that I was using it for school, but I could have easily been making it up.

So, again, I call BS on your 'experience', and I think there is little or no truth to what you said.

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