Psystar claims it cracked Mac OS X on its own

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by dvdhsu, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    From Engadget.

    Oh dear. I need to get a Pystar now! No viruses, no worms, that beautiful case... and not breaking the EULA.

    What thoughts do you guys have?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    I find it hilarious that people attack Apple and side with Psystar regarding the breaking of Apple's license but throw a fit when they hear of Psystar potentially violating an open source license. You can't have it both ways...

    As for the claims, they are pretty much what I've come to expect from Psystar given their antics between the 2nd filing in Florida and the whole Chapter 11 scheme. I like claims 1 and 4 the best; claim 1 is completely useless without some sort of context and, even then, most of what is behind OS X is available as open source and, surprise, has already been 'cracked' by the OSx86 community. The best part is that this statement directly contradicts what Rudy already said under oath. As for claim 4, unless they designed and implemented some sort of zero-impact, god-like hypervisor (in that case, ditch the Hackintosh bit and sell that!) it makes no sense.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Ah, the Apple haters these days. :eek:

    But making claims like that is just stupid.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Ugh. I'm all for individuals doing what they want with the software they buy and making Hackintoshes, but what Psystar is doing is just slimy, and they should be stopped.
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    Robert and Rudy Pedraza are the best!!

    Cheers to Rudy and Robert!

    It's about time someone from the Mac "community" tried to find cheaper alternatives to the high priced - low tech hardware that Apple offers!

    All you Apple apologists take note of Apple's obscene profits and ask yourself where's the $399 mac?
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    From what I can see, they're doing this for profit, not for the joy of hacking, or making Macs for less.
    What they're doing here is illegal, and they're losing cases left and right, even in the most liberal state.

    Yay for MacBytes!
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    There is nothing obscene about a public company making a profit. Ever hear of DEC? Data General? Commodore? Atari? TI? Processor Technology? MITS? Pertec? Do any of these companies make computers anymore? Apple is the ONLY company to survive the birth of the personal computer and live to make a buck in 2009 in an industry they created. More power to them!
  8. macrumors 68020


    It's not coming, because Apple doesn't want to sell anything that cheap, and if you don't want to pay for their premium offerings no one is forcing you to!

    By your same reasoning, look at how much Microsoft makes, they sell their OS and Office products for far too much money, should we force them to sell them at a cheaper price? It's not exactly the same, but you get my drift.
  9. macrumors 6502

    But they DO sell cheap stuff...they just charge twice as much for it. If Apple was as "premium" as you claim in anything other than price they wouldn't have so many customers fighting service issues over and over.
  10. macrumors 6502

    If you want a cheap hackintosh then do it yourself... don't pay Pystar's premium.
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    Kendall? Isn't their last name Pedraza?
  12. macrumors 601

    Thats just as false. The Mac Box Set is just a different license bundle that still has the same upgrade provisions that Snow Leopard has - it just covers Tiger instead of Leopard (And the only legal way you can get Tiger on Intel is with a Mac). The bindle pack also covers 2 other products. The SLA for SL is the exact same weather you get it in the Mac Box set or not. All of this is direct from Apple - there is no “full price” since every version of OSX requires a Mac as part of the license.
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    Yeah, you have a point there. There isn't a full license available for Mac OS X, because you have to upgrade to install. The software can only be used on Apple branded computers, which then means that the computer must've had some version of Mac OS on it. Therefore, simply installing OS X doesn't work. It violates the EULA.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    lol at claims 1/4.

    I was first to release a driver(with sources) which emulates apple's security device (SMC with osk0/osk1 keys).

    So, anyone else dont need to be very smart to copy it.
  15. macrumors 6502

    You are confusing the licence with copyright.

    Distributing copies of any software without permission to do so is a violation of copyright law. But Psystar have permission to distribute copies of Mac OS X. They bought copies, they only distribute those copies. I can buy a book and give it to you. It's not a crime.

    Psystar might not have permission to distribute open source software. Contrary to what many people assume open source software is not public domain software and does not come with a built-in right to multiply and distribute. ONLY accepting the open source licence gives anybody the right to make copies of the software and distribute them.

    It is perfectly legal to buy a copy of any software and sell it to somebody else without ever accepting the licence. You don't need to accept a licence to distribute the one copy you legally bought.

    But it is not legal to distribute copies you made of any software that is not in the public domain without accepting the licence that would allow you to do such, whether that licence is an Apple-style EULA or the GNU GPL.

    So it is entirely possible that Psystar can legally distribute (the copies they bought of) Mac OS but not open source software (which they made their own copies of without accepting the licence that would allow them to do that).
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    As long as you keep it in the unopened box, sure. However my understanding is that Psystar machines come with OS X preinstalled. Preinstallation involves copying the copyrighted bits from some DVD to the HDD, and in principle you need to have accepted the license to do that. Just as you point out you need to do for the open source software. As you pointed out copyrights and licenses are different, but they are related and sometimes interdependent.

    I'd be more inclined to accepting your position if Psystar shipped you a box of bits, instructions and a separate box with OS X in it for you to install.

    So, I'm with djgamble and apfhex if you want a Hackintosh, feel free to do your homework and DIY.

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    Do they install a common image on each machine and include a Leopard box with the machine, or do they open each and every copy of Leopard and install it individually on each machine?

  18. macrumors 68000

    re: common image?

    I can't say for certain, but I imagine they install from a common image. That's what almost all computer manufacturers do. Doesn't make a difference though, legally-speaking. If Psystar is installing from a common image, they have to hold a license that permits them to do it. Otherwise, each system they image is in violation. (Even Microsoft has a special type of license they sell to large system builders for Windows, allowing them to distribute versions of Windows with the computers that don't prompt the end user to enter a CD key during the installation. They use a default key they were assigned and they check the system BIOS to verify it's being installed on the right model of machine. That's why you can use a "Dell Reinstallation CD" of Windows XP, install it on any Dell machine, and it goes right on through without prompting you for a CD key. But if you try to use that same disc to install XP on a Toshiba or an Acer or something, you'll be prompted to enter a valid CD key. A key you use from some retail copy of XP or even from a sticker on the side of one of those machines, intended for use as the key with THEIR corresponding re-install CD, won't work.)

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    Who knows besides Psystar. EDIT: kingtj beat me to it.

    The license gives you certain rights to make copies, but making infinite copies from one DVD is even further outside the license than opening every box.

    It's in pretty clear language.

  21. macrumors member

    Apple ONLY caters to the richest customers

    Case in point: The cheapest POS Apple sells is the Mac mini, $599.

    BUT - if you want to upgrade the memory you HAVE to have it done by a genius at the store OR buy from the Apple factory in China otherwise you void your warranty. What the heck is that?

    Apple even re-engineered the damn thing to make it HARDER for people to do-it-themselves.

    The Apple TV? Don't even get me started. Who remembers when Apple released the update that broke Boxee?

    Sorry about all you G5 owners who can't upgrade to Snow Leopard. Just buy a new Quad for a couple more thousand.

    All you Apple zealots keep cheering when they make another Billion. Go Psystar! Go!
  22. macrumors 601

    That's the important thing to point out and explains why you can install from an erased hard drive. The licensing terms do not specify that OSX has to be preinstalled before you can update - it just specifies installation on Apple branded hardware. Thus, possessing a Mac in of itself fulfills the licensing requirements. Your simply upgrading from whatever operating system the restore discs license you to. THe mac is the key point in both the system requirements and the license - you possess the hardware, it is presumed that you posses the right to install the software. They go hand in hand.

    Lots of upgrade discs (expectantly those from MS) will install full copies from discs specifically marked as upgrades when you have nothing installed (like a prior version of Office), you just have to priove you own a prior version (like inserting a prior version disc). Apple's proof is that it's hardware checks that Apple Branded hardware is designed to pass.

    Other evidence that they are upgrade media is that retail discs are not future proof - If I buy a SL disc now and buy a new mac next year, that disc I bought at retail may not work on that new disc - they are intended for older macs that you would be upgrading to.
  23. macrumors 68000


    The cheapest POS Psystar makes is also $599... and that doesn't include wireless networking, Firewire or Bluetooth which the Mini does.

    ... but, yes, it would be nice if the Mini were more easily upgradeable.
  24. macrumors 601

    That's their right
    You can do it yourself - plus I can find no evidence that opeing up your Mac Mini voids your warranty in any way - obviously if you damage your hardware while doing a repair your screwed, but that SOP. I can find no evidence that opening up your Mac Mini (Which is very doable by the way) will void your warranty.

    Ifixit's guide is 13 steps and they don't look that hard. Anyways, it's irrelevant to begin with - there is nothing illegal or wrong about creating things that are difficult to replace - manufactures do that all the time. The Mac is not marketed as a tinkeres device that is expandable.
    Apple never published a SDK and you are surprised that a hack broke?

    Oh come on! Any modern mac is capable of running Snow Leopard. Even the minis are way better than the G5's. And Apple never promised eternal updates either. Anybody buying a PPC Mac after the Intel transition bought into it knowing that their architecture was not going to be maintained forever. Apple made it clear that they were focused on the intel platform. Get over it.
  25. macrumors regular

    That is not true. You can upgrade hard drives, memory, etc. even if they're not "user replaceable" parts in any Mac and it will not void your warranty. I've combed through the warranty info on my MBP (which I upgraded the HD on, even though it's not "user" replaceable) and can find no such claim. If you break something on your Mac in doing the upgrade, I'm sure you'll have a hard time getting that fixed under warranty, but that's not Apple's fault!

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