I make software A, I tell you that you cannot run it on hardware B. As far as the law goes (for now), if you run it on hardware B, I have the right to sue to for invalidating our agreement and continued use of my product.
The law may soon change though. There is a court case going on right now to see if Apple can really enforce that. Until then, there is a software mechanism in the Mac OS X installer to prevent installation on non-Macintosh machines. The file that enforces it is at /System/Library/Extensions/Dont Steal Mac OS X.kext. If you remove it, the mechanism goes away, but the entire system locks up on itself because that file is a dependency for many of the core components, including the kernel.
Amen. I’d kill to be able to use Snow Leopard, but there is simply no way I can justify shelling out over $3000 for a top-of-the-line Mac Pro, or even a Macbook Pro. I can build a better PC for less than $1500 last I checked, and that includes two widescreen monitors and all peripherals!
For people interested, this is what I’m looking into:
"How to Building a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard – From Start to Finish"
http://lifehacker.com/5351485/how-to-bu … -to-finish
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You can download a modified version of OS X, but be aware that installing it and using it, especially without paying for it, is against the law unless you are a registered Apple Developer.
Ok, for those of you who think I’m doubting, I do use OSx86 on one of my AMD’s. I’m just trying to inform people that Apple does consider it a violation, and some applications (like Silk, barely used but it’s still there) will refuse to launch on a modified platform.
Wow, I didn’t think it was possible. I wish I would of known about OSX86 before. It sounds like a lot of work though. I already try to learn to many things rather than specializing in just a few as it is, so I’m probably better off sticking with genuine Apple products. But, even though I’m liking Apple products, I’m glad there’s some people that are exploring other ways to use them. Apple makes great quality and functional products with great design. Apple has kind of separated themselves from the PC market to allow themselves to charge higher prices. They made it so if you want to use certain apps, or OSs, you have to buy their product (another recent example, the Google Voice app on the App Store). The Apple marketing teams are geniuses, I don’t usually get sold on things just because they are trendy, especially things that are so much over priced. Hopefully, in the future, something can make Apple lower its prices.
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