family pack vs single pack

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  1. JackSpearo macrumors regular

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    with leopard, you could take the install CD and install it on a billion computers, because it never asked you for a serial number...

    is this the same case with snow leopard?

    or does it really come with a serial number?

    just curious

    thanks!
     
  2. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    Yes, it's the same, there is no serial number to enter when installing it.

    However, you should buy the family pack if you are planning on installing on more than one computer.
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Incorrect. There are less than one billion Leopard-compatible computers in existence.
     
  4. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816

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    What would be the version to get if I don't have the current version of Leopard? My iMac is second-hand and it has Leopard on it but that was from the other person's family pack (they live 500 miles away from me). I would like a completely fresh install without having to install anything else.

    I know they have the "Mac Pack" or whatever with iLife 09 and iWork but I don't need that.
     
  5. JackSpearo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I want to install it on 4 computers...why should i buy the family pack if there aren't any serial numbers?
     
  6. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816

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    Uh, because it's the right thing to do, duh!
     
  7. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    All you need is the $29 SL upgrade disc. You can either do an upgrade or do an erase->install, either will work.
     
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  9. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    Actually there are far more than 1 Billion Leopard compatible computers in existence (if you include most intel based PCs as most of em can become Hackintoshes). I may be a n00b on this forum but I find you extremely arrogant on the threads I have looked at (I am a long time lurker)
     
  10. JackSpearo thread starter macrumors regular

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    so basically it's an honor system?

    okay, I'm definitely getting the single use and saving myself some money...
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Fixed that for you.
     
  12. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    Congratulations, people find you obnoxious enough in your posts that they actually come out of lurking, and join the community just to point out that your posts are irritating!
     
  13. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, are you really asking this? :rolleyes:
     
  14. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    Yes, it's the honor system, which means if you save some $$ and buy the single license and install it on multiple machines you have none.
     
  15. NathanCH macrumors 65816

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    I am also tempted. But some people here pretend to be so "righteous" you may not want to admit it here publicly.
     
  16. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It's called humor. Oh, and it's called the Ignore feature. Use it.

    Good luck getting help from us in the future.

    Humor. Honestly, people.
     
  17. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Not me... Two Macs in the house and there is a family pack sitting right next to me. Otherwise it is nothing short of theft. You can candy coat it anyway you want, but I would rather be "righteous" rather than a thief.
     
  18. JackSpearo thread starter macrumors regular

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    funny people...

    if it means I don't have any honor, then I don't...

    if it means that I will save money, than I will!

    thanks guys and gals!
     
  19. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    In the future, I vote for lying to people who ask this question. :rolleyes:
     
  20. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Anything to save a buck. :rolleyes:

    And when Apple implements serials and activation, don't complain.
     
  21. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    I find that guy immature and obnoxious as well. Maybe we should respond to all his forum posts in the way he responds to other people - show how easy it is to be arrogant.
     
  22. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    How sad, and to save a whopping 20 bucks.
     
  23. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I think it's much less honorable that Walt Mosberg would tell people who are on Tiger to only pay $29 for Snow Leopard.

    Someone who paid for Leopard and puts the $29 Snow Leopard on 2 machines hasn't done that bad compared to walt Mosberg suggested.

    However, I go with the family pack to be safe.
     
  24. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816

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    But don't think you can just "get off" just like that. After the install Leopard "phones home" and gives the machine's identity to the Apple servers with its unique OS ID number. A family pack can give out five numbers and reports a new number every-time it contacts the server with the hardware/software id number. Torrent versions of the OS are modified so the "phone home" feature is disabled.

    It may do nothing to you or it may just put a freeze on your computer, I don't know.

    But I do know that you are going to be forever known as the Apple Thieve around here. When an OS is so cheap as 30.00 you still can't feel compelled to pay for each OS you use. It's people like you that drive the price up to where Microsoft has.
     
  25. clayj macrumors 604

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    Sorry, But This Needs to Be Said

    How much of a cheapskate do you have to be not to spring the extra $20 to get the product that you can legally install on up to 5 machines? We're talking $5 each for machines 2-5, people.

    Yes, you can buy the single license package and install it on a ton of machines, because Apple doesn't implement any sort of activation or duplicate serial number detection feature... yet. But you're without honor if you do this. Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, and every other quality software company out there spends a huge amount of time and money to create these products for us to use and hopefully enjoy. The very least you can do is to not be a jerk and rip them off. There's very little difference between buying a single license package and installing it on multiple machines and just pirating the whole thing.
     
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