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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by transputer_guy on Mon 14th Apr 2008 23:49 UTC
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2005-07-08

Well the website was working a moment ago, just got too slow to continue.

These guys seem to be all over the place, the OpenComputer seems to be a recent business addition to what otherwise looks nothing like your typical PC builder. I don't think I'd buy from them in a million years but I would like to know the exact spec of their machine so I could get the motherboard directly and do the rest myself.

I have a MiniMac & Leopard so I am not too happy with Apple when this very closed hardware failed after only 30 days, motherboard no less. If it had been an open platform I could have replaced the board myself and could do upgrades at will. It bugs me no end that Apple will not sell user expandable boxes with out paying several times as much. I really only want MiniMac with a little bit more capability and dual video out, this OpenComputer would be ideal for what I want.

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RE: confused
by REM2000 on Tue 15th Apr 2008 08:35 in reply to "confused"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

to tell you the truth if i purchased any piece of equipment, from PC's to Mac's if it failed after 30 days i certainly wouldn't be replacing the parts myself. Perhaps you can't replace the motherboard on the mac mini, but then you can't replace the motherboard on a dell as they are pretty much bespoke to the case, and again if i purchased a white box generic pc from my local supplier, if it failed after 30 days i would get him to replace the motherboard.

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