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Hey I am thinking of making a hackintosh, just i need parent approval that it is not illegal and also dont want to be sued So i am asking is
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    Hey I am thinking of making a hackintosh, just i need parent approval that it is not illegal and also dont want to be sued
    So i am asking is hackintosh Illegal?
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    Building a computer = legal. Installing a custom modified version of the Apple OS... hmmm.... yeah.... Piracy.

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    Are you going to write them and send pics and video along with your name and SS number or are you just gonna build a dang computer?
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    all are true! But I just want to install soMething like leo4allv3 is this illegal?

    all are true! But I just want to install soMething like leo4allv3 on a pcs i have is this illegal?

    all are true! But I just want to install soMething like leo4allv3 on a pc i have is this illegal?
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    It's illegal since you're using a very, very modified version of the OS. I suppose you could buy a copy of the Leopard to give to Apple something.

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    It is against the EULA to run OSX on non-apple branded hardware. Not that Apple is going to do anything about it.

    I would ponder on the legality of downloading a copy of an Operating System that obviously you have not paid for. If you have no reservations about that then where is your concern exactly?

    That being said I run several hackintoshes at home. Fun project.

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    As Rotary said it is: "against the EULA to run OSX on non-apple branded hardware.", but it is not illegal for you to buy and own a copy of OSX. So you have done your part. You can then use your Hackintosh method of choice to install that OS on Non Apple Hardware. Personally it's a fun project, that in the end will yield the satisfaction of a PC on OSX. Lots o Fun! So when the latest version of Pawnage gets released you can run it and update your iPhone without having to wait for the WinPawn equivlent... Who knows after running OSX for some time you might be inclined to go out and buy yourself a real MAC and pay 2 times what you normally would for equivlent hardware (N O T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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    so its not as if your gonna go up to el-steve and say "gess what mister i got a pc running mac a and i didnt pay a cent"
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacmac View Post
    dont be cheap buy a mac
    pffft. I prefer the customizability and low cost of my PC components and the benefits of the Mac OS, thanks. I'll buy a MacBook for university, probably.
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    Hey, I want to build a smart core,....


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    What about my Hackintosh? Windows XP professional Inside a mac G4 Case? hehe



    But my copy of XP can be debated for its legitimacy

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    Hey dont you think the stuff HACKING in your name sounds more like you wanna be getting into hacking or soem stuffs like that ?
    i mean like if you wanna join some stuffs witha name , start with a good name , that atleast sounds liek you are into sime legal stuffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayad View Post
    Hey dont you think the stuff HACKING in your name sounds more like you wanna be getting into hacking or soem stuffs like that ?
    i mean like if you wanna join some stuffs witha name , start with a good name , that atleast sounds liek you are into sime legal stuffs.
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    Yes, it's illegal. Do I think Apple will ever catch you? No. The only really plausible way that anyone could ever catch you is if someone caught you torrenting one of the modded releases that matched your hardware.
    Now I'm staff on the OSx86 forum (insanelymac.com), and no one has ever said that they've gotten an email from Apple, or been sued or anything like that. If you want to do it? Fine, it'll be hard, but after you get the vanilla kernel up and running, you can even run software updates right from the Software Update application. It's really a lot of fun, but getting it to run for the first time can be time consuming.
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    vanilla 9.4, woo!
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    OK the softwares legal if you have a mac (im gunna say any mac) or running on a piece of mac hard ware or if your a mac software developer

    Quote Originally Posted by Numberzz View Post
    Yes, it's illegal. Do I think Apple will ever catch you? No. The only really plausible way that anyone could ever catch you is if someone caught you torrenting one of the modded releases that matched your hardware.
    Now I'm staff on the OSx86 forum (insanelymac.com), and no one has ever said that they've gotten an email from Apple, or been sued or anything like that. If you want to do it? Fine, it'll be hard, but after you get the vanilla kernel up and running, you can even run software updates right from the Software Update application. It's really a lot of fun, but getting it to run for the first time can be time consuming.
    thats because jobs would have them so quickly in jail they wouldn't have time to drop a line - or a message
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    The satisfaction after your done...........Priceless.
    ^^ True Statement...

    I Love my hackint0sh, i spent a Full week and a half everyday when i got off working messing with it to get it the way it is now... i still cant get dual monitor support for some strange reason but ill figure it out soon, the Girl was pretty upset that week too haha, but the pay off is well worth it...!! i use my hackint0sh more then i use my windows PC by a large margin, gaming only on the PC, Surfing, designing, work, pretty much everything else besides gaming i do on the hackint0sh...

    Quote Originally Posted by ads1230 View Post
    OK the softwares legal if you have a mac (im gunna say any mac) or running on a piece of mac hard ware or if your a mac software developer



    thats because jobs would have them so quickly in jail they wouldn't have time to drop a line - or a message

    ^ but someone would have to know that person... that he so quickly expedited so yeah there would be something posted on the forum.. about someone being hauled off..
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    Yeah, it's illegal, no, nobody will ever sue you ever, in fact nobody will care.
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