Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2008 21:44 UTC
Apple The website of a Miami-based networking and security solutions reseller became inaccessible Monday, shortly after the company began advertising an unauthorized Mac clone for a fraction of the cost of Apple's cheapest system. Dubbed OpenMac, the USD 400 offering from Psystar Corporation is described as 'a low-cost high-performance computing platform' based on the ongoing OSX86Project - a hacker-based initiative aimed at maintaining a version of the Mac OS X operating system for everyday PCs. The website is back online now, and the machine has been renamed to Open Computer. Update: Psystar says they will continue to sell the Open Computer system, despite the fact that it appears to violate Apple's EULA. "We're not breaking any laws," they insisted.
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RE[2]: Cease and Desist
by Laurence on Mon 14th Apr 2008 22:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Cease and Desist"
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Aside using the Mac name (OpenMac) which they've now stopped, I really can't see what the legal problem is.

The kernel is open source anyway, the OS X licence (hopefully) will be legally purchased. Granted there's a breach of the EULA, but (as I said in my other post) I think the legal ground of EULAs somewhat questionable (and certainly not moral - but who has moral in big business ;) )
Psystar's website even specifies that this device is aimed at experienced users.

Once again, Apple are more interested in their lock in's than consumer choice. (Or maybe they're just scared that if OS X was pitted up against a variety of hardware (in much the same way Windows and Linux are) then OS X's 'perfect' image of stability and simplicity would get knocked down several pegs).

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