Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Dec 2009 11:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In a very unsurprising move, Psystar is closing up shop. It will fire its eight employees, and be done with it. There isn't more to say, really, except this: one down, at least four to go, of which three in Europe. Good luck bullying those three, Apple. Update: Psystar's lawyers have stated that the original story wasn't true. Psystar will continue to litigate the legality of Rebel EFI through the motion process described by Judge Alsup. They will also continue the Florida case.
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Not sorry to see them go
by theosib on Sat 19th Dec 2009 00:32 UTC
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And by that I mean _specifically_ Pystar. It's one thing to produce Apple clones. It's entirely another to produce substandard PCs that run MacOS badly and potentially make Apple look bad.

You know, half of the problems with Windows are Microsoft's fault. The other half are caused by the hardware vendors. Unreliable hardware, poorly-designed hardware, and broken drivers.

Well, perhaps one reason Apple doesn't license clones is because they're afraid of the clone maker tainting the Apple image like PC makers taint Microsoft's image. (Of course, the main reason is that Apple makes most of their money from hardware, so from an engineering perspective, they don't earn much from selling MacOS.)

Now, I WOULD be sad if Pystar had been making SUPERIOR hardware. People like to rave about how great Apple's hardware is. And compared to a lot of PCs, it is very good. But Apple hardware isn't perfect. I've encountered my share of difficulties. It would be cool if some company made BETTER hardware.

The thing about Pystar is that they did lots of questonable things, like sell machines that were over-clocked. One reviewer talked about how he had to change the clock speed settings to normal values in order to get the machine to be stable. If an end user wants to over-clock their machine, fine. But it's damn stupid for a hardware vendor to sell hardware that has a high probability of being unstable. I've tinkered plenty with overclocking, and it's an artform that needs a lot of extensive testing and tweaking.

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