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I'm thinking of making a dynamic HTTP Live streaming server, and I'm going to need a lot of CPU power that can transcode and segment the files on demand, so naturally I thought of EC2.

I've been researching for awhile, and it looks like I can't find the HTTP Live Streaming tools that Apple provides for Linux that also can encrypt the stream.

Is it possible (legal?) to run instances of Mac OS X server on EC2? I also had the idea of running the Darwin core (much cheaper than buying all those OS X licenses...), but I haven't checked whether OS X binaries run on Darwin Core.

I'd be glad if anyone has had a similar problem shared their experiences! Thanks in advance.

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EC2 couldn't run it anyway, legally and physically not possible. – Tim Apr 26 '12 at 13:34
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No, it's not legal. You are allowed to run it on Apple hardware only, and in case of 10.5/10.6 server and 10.7 virtualized on Appple hardware.

Edit: This is valid for MacOS. I have no idea about the Darwin Core, never used it at all outside the main product.

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Also, I have no real clue about this streaming stuff, but there is an open source component in form of the Darwin Streaming server at Maybe this helps you? – Sven Apr 26 '12 at 13:32

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