[CS-FSLUG] Ethics and the X-Box

Timothy Butler tbutler at ofb.biz
Fri Dec 9 20:16:25 CST 2005

I'm not frankly familiar with the exact process required to install  
Linux on an Xbox these days. I seem to recall it can install without  
any strange hacks.

Legally, the big issue would be if you needed to use some kind of  
pirated, hacked rom image or something to get it to boot. Otherwise,  
you should be free to do with it as you wish. Most legal issues come  
up running copy protected media on unlicensed players (be it playing  
DVD's, iTunes Music Store music, or what be it). In doing so, you  
violate the DMCA. Even the whole Lexmark debacle has to do with this:  
it isn't that you cannot legally make a clone of the ink cartridge,  
it was that the makers were writing circumvention software that  
"broke into" the system.

I'm no lawyer, however.


On Dec 9, 2005, at 6:41 PM, Clinton Evans wrote:

> I have a project in my Church where I want some cheap X-terminals  
> and I am
> debating converting some old X-Boxes for the purpose. I suspect  
> that, in a
> month or two, no self-respecting child will be seen with last- 
> year's model
> when he can have the new 360. If I am correct, the garage sales  
> should have
> them in abundance!
> Here is the dilemma: what is the morality of circumventing Microsoft's
> security to recycle some of their obsolete machines?
> Clinton
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