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on Wed 30th Nov 2011 20:23 UTC
A reader asks: "Can someone comment on the legality of using my brother's old Snow Leopard DVD to install OS X? My brother has Lion, so why can't he choose to give it to me? It doesn't violate Apple's 1 license per 1 computer policy."
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on Thu 1st Dec 2011 20:37 UTC in reply to "
In a scenario where Apple will sell MacOS without hardware Apple would probably charge x4-x6 the price.
The problem i see is that community has failed to build on Darwin source code + provided drivers.The only thing people like on a Mac is the desktop environment. If Apple could release a Darwin CD with their open source parts and a textual installer allowing the hacker community to use it OSX piracy would diminish. If I like Darwin is for its drivers and open environmentand I hate Quartz or Aqua or whatever it is called. I like straight Xfree86+Blacbox or even KDE/Xfce/Lxde on Darwin.
this is what iatkos/ideneb/hackintosh should have been in the first place, not binary patchers but a healthy open source community with duet chameleon or whatever used to run darwin and xorg and drivers. I understand their motives but open source is better more legal and more rewarding. Macports/Fink could also help to bring the latest and greates. Gnustep/Etoile are there to help.
I have tried itunes on a friend's mac and I agree that the experience is good. But I find smplayer better and could run on Darwin/Xorg. Smultron seems ok but I find geany great and it could run on Darwin/Xorg.
Gnudarwin and Puredarwin were a step in the right direction but they lacked a solid kernel foundation. osx86 community could help and the final product would be much better than macosx. But they are short-sighted. They want a hackintosh though they could help a future fork of Darwin with a true microkernel, Jobs' biggest dream.
WTF, Gnustep now is superset of Foundation and Cocotron would be a great source of made for mac software. Open source is always better.
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