Originally Posted by bluetooth
Is there not someway for them to programmatically determine that the manufacture of the system is not Apple, and thus disable, well, everything?
I read from the earlier post that everything is abstracted from the OS, but I have a hard time believing this fully.
Seems to me that it's feasible that Apple could tell the Dell Mini community to go pound sand --- all through an update.
Well, an update certainly could
disable the OS for a while, it's happened a lot over the years to the Hackintosh community. The difference here is that the update isn't overwriting any custom extensions and such, as is usually the problem. While they could go in and program some nifty hardware detection technology and whatnot, the ultimate factor here is this: Would they honestly waste time trying to one-up a community that already relies heavily on modding files to work, especially when it will just get modded again? That's a lot of money just for a few weeks- maybe even just days- to mess up a rather small population of people. In the end I don't think Apple is honestly that worried about our scene, especially since most are already faithful Mac owners. I would not have bought an extra copy of Leopard had it not been for my fantastic MacBooks (my first being the original early 2006 model and now a unibody MacBook) and the whole principle of installing it on my Dell Mini. Fact is, they wouldn't have got any more money out of me if this weren't possible, and that's the same for a majority of us here. They may not approve of what we do, but they do know what not to waste time and resources on.