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: Who needs authorisation?
by Doc Pain on Tue 15th Apr 2008 12:36 UTC in reply to "Who needs authorisation?"
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Noone. It's a PC. Its mainboard is capable of booting OSX. How does this make for a clone..? There are plenty mainboards now that can boot OSX, that does not make them 'clones', especially not unauthorised ones. It is the other way round: Apple runs now on PC hardware, given the right BIOS.


I may ask a honest question: The qualification to be able to run Mac OS X comes just from a special BIOS configuration? So, for example, you buy a normal PC mainboard, do something to the BIOS (i. e. you use a flashing tool to overwrite it with something else) and now your PC will boot and run Mac OS X? Is it really that easy?

I agree with your idea that a simple exchange of the BIOS would not turn a generic x86 board into an Apple clone. But I can't imagine that this is the only significant difference between generic x86 and Apple-made systems...

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