serial number for OS X

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  1. WhiteKnuckles macrumors newbie

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    Yes I know Im new to the mac but bare with me. I just aquired a ibook 800 G3. Im a former pc'r and have a few questions. I would like to install a clean install of OS X 10.2 and was wondering if i need a serial number for it. First I bought the computer with no software. Then I aquired OS X and all the ibook trimings second hand. They said it wasnt registered. ( I hope) I have no idea -- This is like learning spanish I just think english first then try to translate. any suggestions on where to begin?
     
  2. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    secret...

    SHHHHHHH!!!!!
    Just install the OS, don't register it. I have done it five times so far...shhhhh!
     
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  4. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    That is pretty much what I was implying. You don't have to register it, ever, either.
     
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    If you register you can get a free one year subscription to Mac World, though.
     
  6. virividox macrumors 601

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    if you install it on multiple machines than technically thats illegal, no one will know, but its still wrong.

    but u can if you want to because there is no serial code, or xp style id key.
     
  7. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yep

    Yeah, it's illegal, but they were technically all computers purchased by me...
     
  8. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Re: Yep

    But what kind of license did the OS have? Probably for a single computer.
     
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    poop poop

    I thougt they could tell how many versions were installed on what machines when a user accessed the software update app. I mean that if you have two machines at home they can tell if they are installed off the same install disc. Feel free to shoot me down 'cause I have no info to back up this statement.:) Anyway, they may not have a serial based key, but they still gather the information to make calculated judgement with.
    Just thought I would add that.
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Re: poop poop

    Consider yourself shot down.
     
  11. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    They only require serial numbers for Mac OS X Server. However, from the looks of it, maybe they should go to it. I doubt it would be much more trouble to add the code into the client Mac OS X. It would be a pain to maintain all those serial numbers, though.
     
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    you mean you actually WANT to go through the crap that windows users have to deal with?
     
  13. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Mac OS X Server doesn't require all the mess that Windows XP does, even though it requires a serial number.

    I'm just thinking that, if everyone paid their way, Apple might be able to reduce the price by $30 retail.
     
  14. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    if you do what you did, legally you have to buy the 5 user license, which costs 200 bucks. basically, you get 4 extra licenses for another 70 bucks. thats the only legal way to install the OS on more than one machine, thougn apple smartly doesn't bother with registration and serial numbers and all that crud that stops no one from pirating who wants to.
     
  15. idkew macrumors 68020

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    and if the world were perfect.....
     
  16. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Have you priced other Unixen lately? You can be assured that the $129 undiscounted price of MacOS X 10.3 is a small fraction of the true retail value of the product. Heck, there is even shrinkwrapped boxes of Linux that cost more than $129 from vendors who bear little of the Linux's development costs. Let's not even talk about the retail price of M$ WinXP Pro. Apple is practically giving Panther away. The notion that serializing MacOS X will allow Apple to reduce its price is a pipedream.
     
  17. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Compared to NeXT, they certainly are giving it away. The NeXT development system cost thousands of dollars by itself.

    It should be about volume, which requires keeping the price lower. There are many mechanisms available to Apple. Why shouldn't those who are one release behind current get a better price than those who are two or more? (Apple spies this and ups the price to $159 for those still on Mac OS 9! :D)
     
  18. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Yes, yes, yes, a lot of us understand economies of scale and all that. However, you can't sell a million widgets at a loss and make it up in volume.
     
  19. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Sorry. I wasn't trying to talk down to anyone.

    I wonder how Apple can sell all those copies of Server with the XServe with that lovely licence. The hardware is a good deal before the unlimited licence. :)
     
  20. sonofslim macrumors 6502a

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    why is it that apple doesn't require any registration/serialization for their OS?
     
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    Becuase they're awesome.

    P-Worm
     
  22. idkew macrumors 68020

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    because apple users are not criminals by default, like pc users seem to be treated.
     
  23. cleo macrumors 65816

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    Purely hypothetical question here... ;)

    If one were to purchase a new iBook that came with Panther, and if one owned an older Indigo iBook still running Jaguar, would one be able to use the install disks that came with the new computer to upgrade the older one? And, hypothetically of course, an iMac as well?

    And what about iLife? If one installed the same copy on multiple computers, would it catch you when you tried Rendevous music sharing?
     
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    Legally it would be wrong to do so, but if you were to install Panther onto all three computers, it'd work on all of them just the same.
     
  25. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Generally, Macs don't come with install disks. They come with System Restore disks.
     

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