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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This is working very hard to change my mind on purchasing an Apple-branded system.

For less than the cost of a mini, I can have a better performing system, that will be far easier to upgrade.

There is a large part of me thinking, "What have I got to Loose?"

If Apple manages to block installs or brick boxes in the future, at least I can hock the box off as a windows PC on ebay or craigslist. By then I'll have been able to save up more money dedicated to buying Apple branded hardware.

As a stop-gap solution to end my current state of having computers that are 7 years old without being able to afford (in cash) the system I -really- want, this makes DAMN good sense.

I can get what I need now, continue to save for what I want, and sell what I get now in the future when I've saved enough for what I want.

This is an idea I think I can sell the wife on.

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Kroc Member since:

"that will be far easier to upgrade."

Except it's not. You can't get any security updates without the fear of hosing your system. If you fit a new piece of equipment and it doesn't have drivers, it's no use, nobody is going to write them for you, and you're certainly not going to get any support.

It'd be less upgradable than a regular Mac, and require re-installing the OS regularly, as well as trawling forums whenever something doesn't work because the whole system is hacked onto hardware it isn't meant to be on.

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bryanv Member since:

I meant upgradeable in hardware terms.

I could replace the processor.

I could add ram without a freakin' razor blade or putty knife.

I could plop an extra internal (high RPM, no less) drive in the case.

I could put a new graphics card in the box.

Beyond that, I can't think of anything hardware wise I'd want to add without replacing the system wholesale.

As for installing the OS with every point-release, I don't see that as much of a pain compared to letting software-update do it's thing.

As for security, it'll be safely fire-walled away on my home network, so I can't imagine any huge threat other than zero-day exploits in the browser such as URL injection and we all know that's a gamble anyhow.

The idea for me would be that this box would be a short-term hold-over until I can save the $ for a real Mac, configured the way I want it.

I can afford one of these boxes today. A MacPro will take me another year or more to save up the money. Futher, if I bought this box today, I can sell off all my old kit, (and I mean -all- of it!) and probably get a couple hundred bucks for it. The idea is to take that money, sell off the Open, and that'll go a long-way to being able to afford the real Mac in a shorter time span.

The base Open computer is less than -HALF- the price of the low-end mini (with education discount), has a faster processor, twice the ram, and a desktop HD instead of a friggen slow-ass laptop drive.

If plugging a mac keyboard into the thing makes the keyboard eject button work, this is so worth it that it's just not funny.

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snozzberry Member since:

You can't get any security updates without the fear of hosing your system.

If only Leopard had some kind of mechanism for making restore point backups...

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