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 LobalSurgery on Mon 14th Apr 2008 23:59 UTC
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2006-09-07

They will do the Leopard installation for free, but only if you buy the software from them for $155 extra. So the $399 "Mac" is now actually $550, or else you supply Leopard yourself. Kind of odd that it's actually cheaper to buy the OS from Apple, though I'm not sure how these guys will manage to purchase copies anyway, now that they've gone public. If they even supply a Leopard DVD, who wants to bet that it's a burned copy?

I like to root for the underdog, but I have a feeling this one will be over way too soon.

However, this was worth a chuckle:

Can I run updates on my OpenMac?

"The answer is yes and no. No because there are some updates that are decidedly non-safe. Yes because most updates are not non-safe. It's best to check on InsanelyMac for this information but when in doubt don't update it. You may have to reinstall your OS X if it is a non-safe update."

Edited 2008-04-15 00:00 UTC

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