[OT] "MacMini" 7-8 years later

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sun Mar 3 12:34:33 EST 2013


On 03/03/2013 07:15 PM, Roger Eller wrote:
> I really wish that Apple would at least allow an open source fork of OS X
> so people can choose their own hardware.

There doesn't have to be an Open Source fork; if installing Mac OS X is 
comparatively easy to install on a machine such as the NUC

and the necessary patches are "out there",  then, surely, Apple's 
software people could just put various install DVDs together
for non-Apple machines together and sell them.

Considering that people are already doing "that", and others are doing 
"that" via virtualisation solutions (myself
included) Apple, by not doing that, are just losing potential revenue.

> It's obviously compatible (with a
> little effort). I enjoy checking out the cool custom built 'Macs' on this
> site:
>
> http://www.tonymacx86.com/user-builds/86370-success-syngatesfan200s-intel-nuc-dc3217by-thunderbolt-edition-non-thunderbolt-edition.html
>
> I don't don't support software piracy. The custom built machines on the
> aforementioned site always use retail installation media, and it is
> discouraged to do otherwise.

The problem is not one of software piracy, but one of EULAs (this has 
been discussed hereabouts several times).

Personally I am all in favour of Copyright for those who want to 
copyright their stuff (and there is Copyleft and so on for those
who don't), but think EULAs are horrible:

after all, you don't hang a murderer because he used a kitchen knife 
that was marked "for kitchen use only" because he
used the knife in the bedroom, but because he killed his wife with it.

But then the whole thing revolves around concepts of ownership: I have a 
collection of Mac install disks (and a few Windows ones)
lying around my properties; and, unlike the combs, hairbrushes, shirts 
and trousers, according to EULAs they are not mine, and the people
I thought I bought them from (but the answer is they "licensed them to 
me") I can only do a small subset of possible things with them.

As possession is 9 tenths of the law that is hard to enforce [for 
instance I know an architect who works in Berlin whose whole office runs 
bog-standard
Intel PCs running Mac OS X as per your 'NUC' link], but it is used to 
bully and intimidate people into being "good little boys and girls".


As I said before (approximately) if I want to play cricket with a frying 
pan no EULA "only for cooking" attached to the frying pan is going to 
stop me.

But then, again, I don't live in one of the Western creeping-corporate 
police states such as Britain.

Richmond.

> On Mar 3, 2013 3:36 AM, "Richmond" <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> "Startlingly original":
>>
>> http://www.intel.com/content/**www/us/en/motherboards/**
>> desktop-motherboards/next-**unit-computing-introduction.**html<http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/next-unit-computing-introduction.html>
>>
>> Notwithstanding; I want one!
>>
>> Richmond.
>>
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