Echoing comments made by
Wall Street Journal
earlier today, CNet’s Ian Fried
about Apple’s as-yet unannounced family licensing plan for Mac OS X 10.2, code named “Jaguar.”
Fried said that Mac users would be able to buy a single copy of Mac OS X 10.2 and install it on up to five machines, for US$199. Mac OS X 10.2 retails for $129 per copy. Mac OS X marketing director Ken Bereskin told Fried the plan had been put in place to “allow honest people to remain honest.”
Since Mossberg’s revelation this morning, some Mac users have been concerned that 10.2 employs serialization that will prevent a single copy of 10.2 from being used on more than one Mac. To do so is against Apple’s license agreement, but Bereskin told Fried that Apple’s software “has never had draconian activation.”
Bereskin noted that the licensing plan has been in the works for some time, and is not the result of customer complaints associated with the cost of the Jaguar upgrade — $129, unless you’ve purchase a Mac since Apple announced 10.2’s pending release last month.