[OT] Another warped idea ?

Peter Alcibiades palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk
Wed May 5 13:04:50 EDT 2010

Its not quite right, it does not let you install OSX just on  Virtual Box
running on a Mac.  It lets you install, with all kinds of caveats, OSX on VB
running on anything.  I haven't tried, having no interest in running any
Apple OS, but that is what its supposed to do.

When it comes to testing production software, like Rev, virtualization is a
snare and a delusion.  But not when it comes to just running stuff as a
user.  The implication of the present case is, that a particular reference
hardware configuration is becoming standardized, regardless of what physical
hardware the machine is running.  Its going to be harder and harder to keep
OSX off non-Apple boxes for ordinary users.

If you look at a package like Thininstall from VMWare, there are also real
implications for developers who want to tie their app to one physical
machine.  You cannot any longer prevent an app from being made portable if
its installable at all.  

And in the case of a VM, you move it around, it travels with the same unique
hardware identifiers, so even if you tie down your app to a hardware
signature, you cannot actually stop proliferation of copies.

When you think about it like this, the App Store and the tool restriction
ceases to be such a crazy idea.  No nicer, but a lot less crazy.
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