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June 16, 2005

Rumors on Mac OS X86

The rumors surrounding Mac OS X for Intel are abounding again. This time it has to do with Apples long and short term visions of the Apple hardware platform. Obviously Apple charges a premium for their hardware and they maintain a tight control over the platform for (I'm guessing here) stability reasons. So, it stands to reason that Apple will only want their OS running on official Apple hardware whether it be PPC, x86 or Cell (hey, I can dream can't I?) based.

A couple of news sites [macnn.com] are reporting that Apple will employ Intel's Lagrande implementation of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to ensure only Apple platforms can be used. According to Intel [intel.com] the TPM provides an Endorsement Key that is unique among platforms and can be used to distinguish between Apple and non-Apple hardware.

This is all well and good until you take a look at things like Bochs [sourceforge.net] which emulate an entire system's hardware platform. It wouldn't be too hard to implement a software module that could provide the functions that the TPM implements. Of course, there would probably be legal ramifications thanks to the evil, evil DMCA. Time will tell.

Posted by Guy at June 16, 2005 7:04 PM