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Old Nov 1, 2006, 09:03 PM   #1
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Description:: - Mac OS X does not use the on-board TPM chip, despite rumors to the contrary.
- The most recent Macs don't even have TPM chips
- If you have a TPM chip, there is nothing preventing you from using it for your own purposes. The author provides a device driver and some software to show some of what you can do.

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Old Nov 2, 2006, 02:47 AM   #2
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So.. Apple doesn't use TPM to keep Mac OS X running only on Macs... So... the hackers are lying to us? I'm not saying this guy doesn't know what he's talking about, but the people who hack OS X to run on non-Apple hardware really get into the nitty-gritty of it, so I'd like to think they know a thing or two...
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Well, according to that article, the new Pros lack a TPM chip. Assuming that's correct, OS X can't possibly be using it for copy protection.
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So.. Apple doesn't use TPM to keep Mac OS X running only on Macs... So... the hackers are lying to us? I'm not saying this guy doesn't know what he's talking about, but the people who hack OS X to run on non-Apple hardware really get into the nitty-gritty of it, so I'd like to think they know a thing or two...
Amit Singh wrote the book on OS X's internal workings, literally. He knows what he's talking about.
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So.. Apple doesn't use TPM to keep Mac OS X running only on Macs... So... the hackers are lying to us? I'm not saying this guy doesn't know what he's talking about, but the people who hack OS X to run on non-Apple hardware really get into the nitty-gritty of it, so I'd like to think they know a thing or two...
maybe they were going to if the hackers had got OSX86 to work reliably, as they didn't they didn't bother using it.
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Or maybe they planned to use TPM for locking OS X to Apple hardware, but changed their mind when they got wind of the amount of interest in the hacking community to run it on generic x86 hardware (and saw that as a positive thing).

Or perhaps the TPM chip was just bundled with the Intel chipsets/reference design they used for the initial Intel Mac models and they never planned on using it.

Whatever the truth, this is a very interesting revelation. Goes to show you need your wits about you on the World Wide Web of Lies, and you shouldn't assume anything.
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