Mac OS X Intel Kernel Uses DRM

It looks like the Mac OS X Intel kernel uses DRM. Everyone knew that Apple wouldn't release a version of OSX that ran on a generic x86 whitebox. Since asking nicely isn't really a viable option, DRM seemed like a good candidate for ensuring compliance. I'm a little torn on this one. If the absolute only thing the DRM is used for is ensuring that OSX would only boot on Apple hardware, while I might not agree with the decision, I can at least whole heartedly see Apple's position. At this point it really is in their best interest for many reasons to have OSX be Mac only. If the DRM is used for anything else though, that is bad. Since this is only a developer release (and the DRM in this case is being called as a result of ATSServer not being ported to x86 yet, which requires Rosetta, which brings the DRM into play) we'll have to wait and see. Who knows what things will look like in the final release. In the end though, DRM is usually (I can think of a couple of legitimate uses, if it wasn't abused) bad. It hurts your legitimate customers and almost never stops the people you are trying to stop. In fact, it rarely even slows them down. As Mark Cuban points out though, some people just never learn.
–jeremy
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