software lisence with new macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mattraehl, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. mattraehl macrumors 6502

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    I own a single mac, so I can't really answer this question myself...

    Can the OS X (In this case, 10.3) CD bundled with new macs be used to install OS X on other macs in my household?

    The reason I am asking is this:
    I would like to buy Tiger when it is released. If history is any indication, it will retail for $130. I am wondering, then, if I can just buy a Mac mini for $499, when Tiger is released, and use the Tiger install disk to put Tiger on my iBook. If this is possible, you could essentially get a Mac mini thrown into your Tiger purchase (assuming you were going to buy Tiger anyways) for a mere $369, which is a very compelling offer for someone who already has a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc, laying around the house, and wouldn't mind a new desktop computer. And, there might even be *refurbished* Mac mini's available for, say, 450 or 425, by the time Tiger is released.

    Any thoughts on this?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Not legally. The copy of the OS that comes with a new Mac is licensed to be installed on a single computer only, the Mac that it comes with. The question as to whether it is possible, well that's different!
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    If history is any inidication, the Family Pack of Mac OS X will be $200 and will cover up to 5 Macs in the same house/family.
     

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