Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Apr 2008 20:09 UTC, submitted by jello
Apple Two days ago, the news that a company called Psystar was offering a Mac clone made quite some waves across the net. They were offering their Open Computer, a standard x86 machine, which they could pre-load with Mac OS X Leopard."We're not breaking any laws,", they insisted. ComputerWorld and The Guardian did some digging around, and found some discrepancies.
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RE: But why really care?
by qortra on Wed 16th Apr 2008 21:35 UTC in reply to "But why really care?"
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Member since:
2005-10-05

Since it's just a beige box PC with an osx86 DVD.

Are you sure? The article that I read implied that they were using a straight up Leopard installation. They had actually fooled the Apple installer into thinking it was a genuine Mac by installing a custom Bios/EFI on the system.

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RE[2]: But why really care?
by apoclypse on Wed 16th Apr 2008 22:13 in reply to "RE: But why really care?"
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2007-02-17

Nothing new there. They were using the same trick that every hackintosh uses. The issue is that they are actually stupid enough to try to sell it. I don't see what the big deal is. Its not like OSX has anything software wise that you really need. the only software of any real value on the Mac are the Pro ones and if you can afford those you can afford a Mac and are most likely to already own one. I have an MBP and I have Logic, other than that there is no other reason than "because its a mac" that I see to even get one of these. You have strict hardware limits, so that defeats the purpose of expandability, you may not be to use future versions of the OS. The only people i can see benefiting from this are the ubergeeks who just want to shove it to the man because they can't do so in real life lest they get their asses kicked.

The only thing of note here in this whole Psystar debacle is the debate about the EULA, other than that I'm really not interested in a tocheaptobuyonesoIcrackedoneintosh.

Edited 2008-04-16 22:14 UTC

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RE[3]: But why really care?
by qortra on Wed 16th Apr 2008 23:48 in reply to "RE[2]: But why really care?"
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2005-10-05

The issue is that they are actually stupid enough to try to sell it.


Why is it so stupid? As long as they are legitimate, I think it's quite clever. Just because avid reader of osx86 forums is able to hack together a system using torrents and carefully selected parts doesn't mean that everybody else can. Maybe some people just want to try OSX without paying $1200 (for an iMac) or buying a Mac Mini. You can call me cheap, but the price of hardware is by far the biggest reason that I've stayed away from Apple desktops.

Honestly, the owners of this company might be people with nothing to lose, and whether they succeed or fail, this will put them on the map. Being renowned (even as a failure) is invaluable.

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RE[2]: But why really care?
by aliquis on Fri 18th Apr 2008 00:42 in reply to "RE: But why really care?"
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2005-07-23

The EFI-part are done by another guy called netkas and you can install that on your own harddrive yourself. They haven't done shit except stealing other peoples work and trying to get paid for it. It's not exactly "unmodified", but yes, it can run vanilla kernels which couldn't be done before. But as I said it's done by netkas and not by this company.

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