Apple's fragile hold on reality

Apple's fragile hold on reality

Summary: Tom Krazit has the story on Apple invoking the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to stop two sites, OSx86 Project and Win2osx.net (no longer accessibe), from publishing information about running Mac OS X on x86 processors.

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Tom Krazit has the story on Apple invoking the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to stop two sites, OSx86 Project and Win2osx.net (no longer accessibe), from publishing information about running Mac OS X on x86 processors. The hack involves a patch that circumvents the Trusted Platform Module that ties the Mac OS to the systems from Apple, which is a no no under the DMCA. You can understand Apple's point of view--the company sells premium priced hardware--and even poor imitations (clones without the full DNA sequence) of the real Macintosh running on vanilla PCs is an economic and aesthetic anathema to JObs and Apple. But, it will happen...and Apple's legal measure will only send PC Macs more underground. 

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  • Who cares about Apple anyways.

    I think Jobs didn't have his coffee when he authroized such a decision. Whether he likes it or not once the notion of putting Intels in MACs the idea had already blossomed to run it on an x86.

    Give those sites a break Jobs. Those guys at DMCA need a vacation!
    TapDunk
  • It was only a matter of time....

    ...before the MYTH of APPLE being a HARDWARE MFG. was sufficiently eroded. Now let STEVE try his hand at making his O/S run happily with the hundreds of 3rd party software and gadget makers, plus all the cockroaches incessantly churning out the malware....
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool
  • It's obvious...

    ...that the two people who posted before me know nothing
    about the Mac or OS X (and even the previous versions.)

    First off, the best way to ensure that an OS will remain relatively
    stable is to have some control of the hardware it runs on. By
    allowing someone to 'hack' it and run it on unauthorized
    hardware, the OS is likely to show instabilities that, when later
    announced on these hackerz sites, will give Apple and OS X an
    undeserved reputation similar to Windows.

    Secondly, Apple has adopted (note I did not say 'invented')
    connection and networking standards that the X86 makers
    turned down as useless or unneccessary and turned them into
    viable and very desireable devices. Thank Apple for making USB
    and Firewire pretty much the default connection methods for
    external components for all desktop and portable computers.
    Even the SATA hard drive bus was adopted by Apple before
    anyone else and has now pretty much become the standard
    again for high-speed operations within the machine.

    So unless you have something constructive to say or have a
    legitimate criticism, leave off the flaming. It only shows your true
    intelligence.
    Vulpinemac
    • True intelligence

      "First off, the best way to ensure that an OS will remain relatively stable is to have some control of the hardware it runs on... will give Apple and OS X an undeserved reputation similar to Windows."

      So you agree that Windows has to deal with a lot of different hardware configurations and therefore does NOT deserves its bad reputation?

      "So unless you have something constructive to say or have a legitimate criticism, leave off the flaming. It only shows your true intelligence."

      What about your flaming and intelligence?
      ConradPoitras9
      • and as you say . . .

        Windows is an unstable piece oc crap precisely because they don't care about the user experience and hardware unpon which it runs.

        Nuff said Microsoft shill
        menk
    • It's even more obvious that you know even less

      You want to remind people about gratitude? Let's start with Gates' infusion of 'first aid' to lil' Stevie Jobs to the tune of $280 Million to bail Apple out of its certain, well-deserved demise about 6 years ago?

      Jobs has demonstrated a consistent knack for running his company into the ground through bad business decisions. His ego never takes a breath.

      How ironic, and sad, that we wouldn't even be discussing Apple today, if not for the largesse, and mercy, of its fiercest competitor.
      cyberian_z
      • That Was More Like..

        $150 million, and was a leverage to stop Apple from any additional litgation over Microsoft's rip-off of the mac OS look and feel. Over the past 7 years, Jobs has led Apple to a strong position with several Billion in cash and no debt. In some ways, Apple is Microsoft's R&D division...gives the latter plenty to copy.
        Brich
      • was jobs at apple when microsoft bailed out apple?

        Perhaps you'll remembed the Scully? period?
        My memory is that Steve Jobs was at NeXT when the microsoft
        apple thing was happening, and later was asked to come back to
        bring apple back to life.
        hipparchus2001
  • It's Simple....

    Apple makes the hardware and the OS, unlike Microsoft, Dell, HP, et al....If you want to run OSX legitimately (with full support), you need to buy a Mac...any other way is just hacker masturbation...
    Brich
    • But NOW Apple will be "Intel Inside"...

      Which drastically changes the business model, eh?

      Too bad Jobs can't wake up and smell the future...which as long as he's at the helm, stinks.

      Unless he's counting on Gates to drop ANOTHER coupla hundred MIL, to bail him out yet again...

      Which, knowing Jobs, is probably exactly what he's counting on.
      cyberian_z
      • Intel...

        is just a change of chipsets. OSX is the same. Apple doesn't need Gates to do anything except keep making MS Office. Microsoft doesn't offer an integrated com puting environment like Apple's. Jobs knows that this differentiates his alternative...a growing number of us (who use XP and OSX) know it too.
        Brich
      • You know Jobs?

        If you don't, then the last part of your statement is rubbish.
        As far as I remember, Steve Jobs was not at apple, but at NeXT
        when the Microsoft Apple thing was happening. Scully? ran
        Apple into the ground. Then Jobs was asked to come back, and
        fix Apple.
        Either I'm wrong, or your Computer History is nonsense.
        hipparchus2001
  • Sigh

    I remember when...
    People first started cloning Apples. One of the most popular hardware hacks of the day was a plug in Z80 card to allow them to run the dominant OS of the day, CPM. Apple has learned nothing since then obviously.
    If Apple manages to shut down the hackers and stop them running OSX on pc's, they will simply take the next logical step and clone OSX.
    So instead of the odd hacker playing with OSX on his PC, there will be a free operating system available to everyone, that will allow you to run those juicy 3rd party apps (the REAL thing people buy apples for) on your pc, it will be perfectly legal, and not one cent will ever go to Apple.
    Given that OSX is based on a public domain Unix, 90% of the work is already done.

    Really clever Apple.
    Gregory.J.Bradley9
  • Humpty Dumpty...

    ...sat on a DMCA Wall.

    Enforcing their rights to an O/S which has 'open source' origins could 'back fire' in the long run.

    Perception is more than half of what drives market adoption.

    Is this 'bad press' for their overall product 'image'?

    The answer is maybe yes.
    D T Schmitz
    • Only as bad as printer carteridges

      Or game console memory cards with encryption.
      hipparchus2001