Interesting Perspective

As you may or may not be aware, Apple has begun the transition to Intel processors for its desktop and laptop computer lines. This means that their operating system, which was previously written for the PowerPC architecture, has been rewritten to run on the x86 (Intel) architecture. That is to say, the new versions of OS X could theoretically run on the computer you’re reading this from, even if you’re not sitting at a mac. That has a lot of implications for Apple, because a lot of hackers want to get OS X running on their own machines. Apple says that this is illegal, because it is against their copyrights and (i believe) requires breaking DRM technologies, which is a violation of the DMCA.

Here’s an interesting perspective from a slashdot reader:

So let me get this straight: In the beginning, removing an item from a store without paying for it was considered “stealing”. Then, simple copyright infringement became “stealing”. Now, Apple is saying that if I go to the store, buy Mac OS X, and get it to work on my computer, I’m “stealing”? WTF?

Of course, the only problem is that OS X for x86 is not for sale.

Something to think about, in any case.

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