AwkwardTV talk:General disclaimer

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I just wanted to highlight an issue you may come across, site policy would bind me to remove all information regarding the installation of SSH, but I'm pretty sure you'd all have a fit.

The Mac OS X SLA clearly mentions that you may only install the operating system on one (1) Apple labeled computer. Points of note:

  • The AppleTV is arguably not a computer, but a consumer electronic device, in the same vein as an iPod.
    • That is a very interesing question indeed. Given the components of a STB like the ATV, it would probably fit the definition of a computer in CS sense.
  • You may not install the software on more than one computer. Even if the AppleTV is considered a computer, you may not use the version of sshd you have on your Intel Mac on the AppleTV, unless you have entirely removed the operating system from your Intel Mac as the license refers to the 'Apple Software' as a collective of all the software on the system and accompanying media.
    • this doesn't count for SSH, since SSH itself is licensed GPL2 (iirc). Mactijn 01:23, 31 March 2007 (CEST)
Due to OpenSSH being released under the BSD license, not the GPL, this is not true. BSD licensing allows the software to be compiled into proprietary commercial products and does not even require source release. If Apple have changed any of the code in the compiled version (which is suggested by the patches made available by Apple, which themselves are under questionable licenses), then copying the file from an Intel Mac to the AppleTV would not be allowed. -- Jason 01:43, 31 March 2007 (CEST)

Potential Solution

It should be absolutely possible to compile a version of sshd using the publicly available source on the Apple website for OpenSSH and OpenSSL. It would be perfectly acceptable for someone to compile a legitimate version and then to provide binaries along with the source code to the public.

I see a serious problem with the absence of full disclosure about who runs and owns this site. It is perfectly reasonable to ask for users to abide by copyright laws regarding Apple property (presumeably within the U.S.) That begs the question, however, if this site is run by Apple employees, given funding or facilties by Apple Inc. or Apple resellers, etc., and the use and ownership of email addresses and user comments. Perhaps this information is presented on Forums or elsewhere, but this would be a very appropriate place. Thanks for your consideration Cuvtixo 20:11, 26 May 2007 (CEST)