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OS X Tiger Licencing & used copies

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I currently Run Panther and with Leopard around the corner and no good news yet about it working on my suped up G4, I'm looking at getting a copy of Tiger. What I wonder about is I see copies for sale on e-bay/craigs list and wonder how apple software licencing works and if buying a used copy of Tiger would have problems. Is there some kind of tracking like with MS Windows activation that could invalidate a copy bought this way?

Last thing I want to do is spend $50 - $100 on a shiny coaster with an apple logo on it


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You shouldn't have any problems buying a used copy of OS X 10.4 Tiger. Just make sure you don't buy a restore disk but the full retail install. Restore disks are model/hardware specific.

This is what the DVD install should look like:

There is no Mac model written on the DVD. And you own an older Mac so also make sure it can read DVDs: most of the Tiger install disks will come in DVD form, the CD installer disk kit was on special order only.
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There's no product activation. Unlike Microsoft, Apple trusts you to play by the rules and accepts a certain percentage will be pirated instead of wasting money developing anti-piracy methods that often make legitimate users suffer.

Vista was launched in January and loosely cracked pretty shortly. By June, there an easy one-click crack was developed.
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The requirements on apple said G4 867 MHZ or faster for Leopard...hope that helps...

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