Apple seems to be cracking down (or making a show of cracking down?) on websites that have posted videos of Mac OS X for x86 running on non-Apple PCs. The company has sent “cease and desist” orders to Apple/Mac news websites and others, demanding that the sites remove links to the videos showing “hacked” versions of Mac OS X running on non-Apple certified systems. MacBidouille reports receiving “an amazingly aggressive email asking for the immediate removal of all links to the videos showing OSX x86 booting from non-Apple certified SDK PC. We have removed the requested links, but we deeply think that it will not change anything regarding the problem affecting Cupertino. Indeed, Apple is using its legal department only when things go really wrong.”
MacBidouille reports, “The video that we have published was only posted online to prove our comments and news, and to avoid to be considered as a Mac-dedicated rumor site. We did not provide any link to website describing the procedure and so on. Because it is also clear for us that installing OSX x86 on a non-certified Apple SDK PC is illegal, both regarding the Copyright and the NDA signed by developers. We have never supported illegal action and we will not change our point of view on this topic.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s either genuinely surprised that this happened and very upset about all of this or this is phase three of the “Harrell Dvorak Prophesy”* (ominous organ music) which states:
“Apple will give thousands, possibly millions, of people a taste of Mac OS X running full speed on their own PCs. Apple’s giving their potential future customers a free taste, that’s what they’re doing. It’s a try-before-you-buy deal.” – Harrell
“Allow for Apple to pretend to fight the OS getting out into the wild, so it can then say, ‘There was nothing we could do. This is the OS that people apparently want and need.'” – Dvorak
Could the otherwise frighteningly smart people at Apple really have thought that ‘OSx86’ wouldn’t leak to ‘generic’ PC hardware?
*The “Harrell Dvorak Prophesy” is sort of like Shoemaker Levy. Not as icy, but highly prone to violent collision with software’s current vaporous gas giant, Microsoft. Harrell gets top billing because he called his sighting in first.
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