Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2006 22:49 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Mac OS X It seems like flee-in-Apple's-fur, cracker 'Maxxuss', has succeeded in cracking Mac OS 10.4.4 for Intel. "We were just about to hunker down and wait through the cold winter and a wet spring until we saw some results on the OS X 10.4.4 for Intel hacking efforts, but it looks like we're getting a little Valentines present from 'Maxxuss' who has already broken through Apple's heightened security that is present in their shipping version of the OS. It's just a preliminary release, not all hardware is supported and it requires a bit of futzing around to get it to work, but seeing as we weren't expecting this kind of breakthrough this early, we really can't complain."
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somebody
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2005-07-07

Sure you can. Sitting next to me, I have a used PowerMac G4 that I bought without a hard drive and without an OS.

WRONG! You can't.

Read the fine print. You really do own MacOS9 or OSX (G4s were sold last with 10.2, in this case you own both) license. It was automatically transfered with the Mac you bought it. There is just one trouble, license (or both) is tied to that specific G4 computer and it doesn't upgrade if the model you ought suddenly starts reselling with newer version. You got yours when you bought it, or the one before you got that.

Look at it from OEM perspective. If you buy one computer with OEM license. You can't buy retail upgrade for the second, no matter if the first computer is under your table and shut down. You can do that for the first computer only.

It doesn't say anything about owning the old version at all! In my case, I have the hardware legally, but I was not transferred the OS X license. By your logic, I cannot go and buy a copy of Tiger and put it on the machine.

Give me the model, serial and date of purchase. I'll tell you which. It is tied by OEM like agreement. As in one product with G4. You can't separate them.

By your logic, I cannot go and buy a copy of Tiger and put it on the machine.

On that G4, yes, you can. On the PC next to him, nope.

The Mac is not magically tied to a copy of the OS. If you don't explicitly get an OS license and media with a machine, you don't have a license to the old OS.

Yep. You (or at least you could) can perfectly legaly downgrade. Or buy upgrade.

Except I don't own an OS 8.6 license nor do I have a copy of the media.

Go to any Mac vendor and you'll get a copy. Legally, but paying for the burning only. You can even make a copy your self from some other CD containg your version.

Because they have no legal power to do so? Moreover, what is your legal reasoning for the OS license that is magically tied to the hardware?

Because you agreed with it when deciding to buy Mac? OEM-like, baby, OEM-like.

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rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

WRONG! You can't.

What the hell are you talking about? I bought one on ebay two months ago.

It was automatically transfered with the Mac you bought it

No, it wasn't.

Because you agreed with it when deciding to buy Mac? OEM-like, baby, OEM-like.

I didn't agree to anything, and Apple doesn't have my signature on anything. Which is of course the whole contention behind the legality of EULAs.

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