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Well here's the thing I loved the fact that Microsoft actually let you give Windows 7 a try before you could buy it, and if you didn't like it no need to buy it, just commit to your actual/main OS. (In which what I did)

Also with Linux being free I can just run it off a Live CD or put it on a Virtual Machine and test it out without committing it to a whole computer.

However Apple only allows a Mac, and mac software to be on an Apple labeled computer, or you're breaking copyright as it's all listed in the Apple Eula (Another Resource)

Hypothetically lets say I come across the money to buy a Mac, and end up hating it, and would rather use my Linux machine or Windows machine, then it'll be a waste of money if I won't use it, cause I wouldn't like the OS.

I know Apple allows you to make a backup CD as it's listed in the Apple Eula however to get it to run on a non apple labeled computer it's breaking copyright.

Is there anyway I can test OS 10 (Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, and/or Snow Leopard) legally encase I would like to buy one in the future???

The only reason I'm asking is if I do decide to get one I don't want my money to be a waste, you see what I mean, not to mention I'd only really get some to develop my software, not just for Windows, but for a Mac as well.

NOTE: I do know about running the classic versions off of an emulator like Mini vMac, and/or SheepSaver.

asked Jan 10 '11 at 23:12

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edited Jan 10 '11 at 23:14

Well, its legal for EDUCATIONAL purposes, Roboutu said a few months ago. You can try running it in a VM, but i would run it on your machine.

answered Jan 11 '11 at 05:00

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That's what I was wondering if I could test it out. I'd rather use a VM anyway. However when it comes to running it in a VM I don't wanna break any laws with a pre patched version which may or maynot violate the DMCA, however I'd rather not take that chance. Do you know of a way I can run this in VirtualBox, legally??? So where to get the iso, and test it out...

(Jan 11 '11 at 13:16) mikethedj4 mikethedj4's gravatar image

How can I do this?

(Feb 06 '11 at 17:14) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Buy a Mac. If you don't like it, return it. No more return fee

answered Jan 10 '11 at 23:16

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edited Jan 10 '11 at 23:17

that is like the worst idea u can give ever.

(Jan 11 '11 at 07:29) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

As the others say, go to an Apple store. That's why they exist in the first place.

answered Jan 11 '11 at 13:37

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edited Jan 11 '11 at 13:38

Shopping centers like Best Buy or any other places that has Macs out for display would be the best choice because you get to "test drive" that very computer itself to get a little taste of what that product is like before you purchase it.

answered Jan 11 '11 at 01:14

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edited Feb 06 '11 at 17:01

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(Feb 06 '11 at 17:02) HHBones HHBones's gravatar image

I agree with FizzNakLe. Although, if you can't be bothered doing that or you simply don't have the money you could try borrowing your friends Mac, if they have a Mac and use that for a bit.. Otherwise, there is no way to legally try it out unless you try it out at an Apple store. (You could stay at the Apple store from the moment it opens to when it closes but I think we both know that there are better things to do)

answered Jan 10 '11 at 23:26

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Do you have any friends or relatives with a Mac? Or do you live near an Apple store, or some other place that sells Macs? Neither of these choices will give you much look into the OS, but at least it would give you an idea...

answered Jan 10 '11 at 23:28

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I've looked online about it, researched it, and even watched a couple videos on it (Apple's Video, and Duncan's Video aka MobilePhone2003), but personally I don't know anyone who has a Mac, and no source of income at the moment, but am working on getting my GED.

(Jan 10 '11 at 23:37) mikethedj4 mikethedj4's gravatar image

I have a 27" Quad Core i7 iMac and it's great. I have let loads of people borrow it for weekly periods. Everyone except one has then bought a Mac. Im sure one of your friends will let you borrow one.

answered Jan 11 '11 at 05:55

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All my friends are Windows users, and a small portion run Linux.

(Jan 11 '11 at 13:03) mikethedj4 mikethedj4's gravatar image

There's no legal way besides using someone else's mac or going to an Apple Store/Best Buy and trying one out. You can always try it in a VM but who has the time to download. Just buy one and you'll like it, garunteed, plus if you don't you can run windows on it.

answered Feb 06 '11 at 18:05

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