Apple puts ‘Don’t Steal Mac OS X’ message to would-be hackers in Intel version of Mac OS X 10.4.4

“We’ve received some information regarding Apple’s newest portable, the MacBook Pro, and with it a hidden message for would-be hackers,” OSx86 Project reports. “We were made privy to a text dump from the System Profiler of one of the new MacBooks and, naturally, couldn’t wait to sort through its contents. What we didn’t expect to see was a warning from Apple to those that would hack OS X, presumably to those wanting it to run on beige-box PCs:”


Dont Steal Mac OS X
Copyright (c) 2006 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved.

The purpose of this Apple software is to protect Apple copyrighted
materials from unauthorized copying and use. You may not copy, modify,
reverse engineer, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense,
transfer or redistribute this file, in whole or in part. If you have
obtained a copy of this Apple software and do not have a valid license
from Apple Computer to use it, please immediately destroy or delete it
from your computer.


OSx86 Project writes, “The most interesting part of this message? Its placement, found in /System/Library/Extensions/Dont Steal Mac OS X.kext
Despite being a lighthearted jab at hackers, it seems that Apple is taking the pirating of the new OSx86 seriously, since the same kext is not found in the PPC version of 10.4.4.”

Full article here.

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  1. Originally, it said, “Don’t Do Drugs” but a lot of the programmers complained. It wasn’t specific enough and they wanted it spelled out line by line.

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  2. Well I guess I won’t use it on my “beige” PC now, especially after that message.

    In all honesty, a message like that is nothing more than an invitation to hack it.

  3. It won’t be that easy, you’d have to use a motherboard with the new firmware type, and a core processor. A quick search and I can’t find one of them, it’s probably only available on laptops, and then I don’t believe anybody elses laptops use the new firmware since XP doesn’t work with it.

  4. Some people are honest, and some are not…

    Some people will steal copyrighted material, and some will not…

    If a lost wallet is found, some people will return it, and others will not…

    The friendly warning seems appropriate, but no amount of DRM will keep determined hackers out.

  5. Why isn’t it on the PPC versions? All those poor sods who bought AmigaOnes need an operating system. All seven of them.

    That is, if their AmigaOne hasn’t broken already.

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