Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 18:08 UTC, submitted by JayDee
Hardware, Embedded Systems As if selling non-Apple labelled computers with Mac OS X pre-installed and licensing the technology to do so to third parties wasn't enough, Psystar has now moved ahead and has started offering its Rebel EFI package for everyone to buy and use. It makes it possible for just about anyone to install Mac OS X on a non-Apple labelled computer.
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Open/Free Source
by golimpio on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 19:31 UTC
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2009-10-17

Psystar is selling a "product" that is available for free on various "hackintosh" communities.

If they are using free software to build their product and sell it (and there is a big chance that's true), it's really a shame.

Also, it's a sad news for the hackintosh community, probably Apple will make it more difficult to use their OS on non-Apple machines.

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RE: Open/Free Source
by VTPower on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 20:06 in reply to "Open/Free Source"
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2007-04-06

If they are using free software to build their product and sell it (and there is a big chance that's true), it's really a shame.


Pystar has no respect for Apple's IP/Licensing. Why would anyone think they would respect an open source license/GPL??

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RE[2]: Open/Free Source
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 20:11 in reply to "RE: Open/Free Source"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Pystar has no respect for Apple's IP/Licensing.


No respect? They are buying legal copies of Mac OS X, and they then resell those to their customers. I'm failing to see the not respecting part here.

I've done the same thing numerous times, as I'm sure a lot of Mac users have. Does this mean all those people have no respect for Apple's IP either? Or is Psystar magically special?

Copyright law applies to companies and individuals all the same, so if Psystar has no respect for Apple's IP, then it means that anybody who has ever resold a legal copy of Mac OS X does not respect Apple's IP either.

You see how idiotic that is?

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RE[2]: Open/Free Source
by golimpio on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 20:23 in reply to "RE: Open/Free Source"
golimpio Member since:
2009-10-17

"Pystar has no respect for Apple's IP/Licensing. Why would anyone think they would respect an open source license/GPL??
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Good point.

Anyway, I'll wait to make sure they are not making unappropriated use of open source software. I'm a developer and I contribute to open source communities. I can't support Psystar.

Edited 2009-10-23 20:27 UTC

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RE: Open/Free Source
by nimble on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 20:07 in reply to "Open/Free Source"
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2005-07-06

Depends on the license on the "hackintosh" stuff, doesn't it? If it's BSD or similar, there are no grounds for complaint if a company repackages it and sells it as closed source.

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RE: Open/Free Source
by phoenix on Mon 26th Oct 2009 01:42 in reply to "Open/Free Source"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Psystar is selling a "product" that is available for free on various "hackintosh" communities.

If they are using free software to build their product and sell it (and there is a big chance that's true), it's really a shame.


Why is it a shame to sell an open-source product? Just because the source is open doesn't mean the product has to be free. Or are you going to turn around and rail against Juniper Network for selling FreeBSD inside their routers? Or against CrossOver for selling WINE? Or even against Microsoft for selling OpenBSD (SFU is based on OpenBSD)?

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