“When Psystar announced it Rebel EFI package, the company was quickly accused of simply taking open source code, repackaging it, and selling it for US$50. While selling open source code is not a problem, not making the source code available if the license demands it is. Netkas, famous OSX86 hacker, and a Russian site are now claiming they have found the smoking gun,” Thom Holwerda reports for OS News. “They say they have found evidence that Rebel EFI is based on open source boot-132 code. Apparently, the Darwin Universal Bootloader, the tool Psystar uses, contains the same strings as boot-132 and tools based on boot-132 (e.g. Chameleon).”
Holwerda reports, “That of course wouldn’t be a problem in and of itself, if it weren’t for the fact that boot-132 is licensed under the Apple Public Source License, version 2. This is a license which contains a clause similar to the GPL in that when you ship modifications, you also have to provide the source code to anyone you shipped your product to. So far, Psystar has not done so, but it could theoretically be that if you ask them, they might provide it.”
“Now, I place a certain amount of trust in Netkas’ words, but his evidence isn’t necessarily conclusive. More investigations into the matter will have to be performed to get more conclusive evidence,” Holwerda reports. “Assuming Netkas is right, this i a very bad thing [for Psystar]… [Breaking] an open source license which covers distribution… constitutes a breach of copyright, which is a serious offense.”
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