Install Full MAC OS X 10.4.9 on ATV
As you know, this project is about legitimately enhancing the capabilities of Apple TV.
In this context, users have wondered if the Apple TV hardware, which by default runs Apple OS X, could run the full-blown version of Mac OS X.
At present, the legal situation of this is not entirely clear, and should be discussed on this page.
Mac OS X License Agreement
The Software License Agreement for Mac OS X is a "Single Use License for use on Apple-labeled Systems". "This License allows you to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time."
Questions to be clarified
- Does Apple TV qualify as "Apple-labeled computer"? It is definitely Apple-labeled, and according to CS textbook definitions can certainly be classified as a "computer".
- Where can I get a copy of Mac OS X for Intel? Most boxed versions of Mac OS X that you can buy contain only code that runs on PowerPC hardware, which the Apple TV doesn't run. However, the next version of Mac OS X, Leopard, will most likely be released as a Universal retail version. Currently, one option might be to buy an Intel Mac, delete Mac OS X from it (e.g., if you want to use it with Linux), and use that - however we are not lawyers here so you should better check with Apple first.
- What about buying an off the shelf copy of OS X (PowerPC) and use that license? Since apple doesn't sell a separate license for the Intel version of OS X, does it matter that I can't get a box for Intel? And what about the Family licenses that Apple sells, for up to 5 computer for $199, can I use one of those?