[lug] Getting into OSX - much to learn

David L. Anselmi anselmi at anselmi.us
Sat Jun 21 23:39:05 MDT 2008

Jason Davis wrote:
> heh , you can install OSX on PC , sure the developers didn't mean for
> it too , but since
> when has that been a big concern. Moreover this post sounds like FUD.

I'd be surprised to find Nate spreading FUD.  Here's how I read what he 

First, it's silly to pay to run Mac OSX on unsupported hardware for 
something that makes the company money.  Making money is too important 
to companies to fool around with unsupported hardware.  (Admittedly 
Gordon didn't say this had anything to do with making money.)

Second, if the company wants Gordon to violate the license agreement, by 
not paying for it, or in this case by running OSX on non-Apple labeled 
hardware, Gordon shouldn't get involved because he may be personally 
liable for that.  Nate's not a lawyer but he's been around long enough 
that I wouldn't tell him he's wrong without having a source to quote. 
Maybe I give him too much credit.

None of that had anything to do with whether OSX *would* run on a PC, 
just whether it was a reasonable thing to do in this case.


> $.02
> jd
> On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 5:54 PM, Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com> wrote:
>> gordongoldin at aim.com wrote:
>>> 2.a)  There is a old PC we want on OSX.  It doesn't have a DVD reader.
>>>  With FC, I would just pop in a rescue CD, and do a HTTP install.   I was
>>> told ( they may know nothing ) that because OSX is proprietary, that I can't
>>> do something like that.
>> Of course you can't.  OSX isn't MEANT by its authors to run on PC hardware.
>> You're here looking for advice on how to run OSX on PCs for a BUSINESS?
>> Your business actually wants to run OSX on non-Mac hardware for BUSINESS
>> purposes?
>> Tell them they're utterly, horribly, insane and move on.  Or just show them
>> Apple's license that comes in every box of OSX (which I'm guessing they're
>> not purchasing, either).
>> Don't touch it with a ten-foot pole, unless you enjoy being charged with
>> gross negligence.  The "Corporate Veil" and their insurance and lawyers
>> don't cover that.
>> (The key word being "gross"... negligence, they might back you up. Loading
>> multiple machines with software against its license, that's well-documented
>> not to be run on that type of hardware by the seller, and using it for
>> business -- is a recipe for technical, legal, and various other forms of
>> disaster.)
>> Tell 'em to buy Macs if they want OSX.
>> Nate

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