I'm wondering, would patching an original Apple disc or releasing patches to original Apple discs (so they can only be used by existing Mac owners) also be illegal? I know it might violate Apple's software patents, but us Europeans couldn't care less about that (since those patents don't hold here) and strictly speaking, you would not be violating Apple's copyright laws that way. It would be similar to the console emulator scene -- who are only legally allowed to play games they own on emulators (and thus have the original game media).
In any case, as long as Apple won't release OSX on the public market, we're stuck with this problem even if the technical opportunities for Jobs to knock Gates off the market are basically available. Would they have released Tiger as a separate software package when the Mac/Intel transition was complete, and leave driver development up to third parties (which is possible, since the Darwin kernel is open source), they would certainly have knocked Vista off the map and it would have gone the WinME route.
(Between you and me: I'm certainly more comfortable with an Apple-driven market monopoly instead of a Microsoft one.)
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12 Sep 2009 - 16:54