Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Oct 2009 14:09 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Hardware, Embedded Systems When Psystar announced it Rebel EFI package, the company was quickly accused of simply taking open source code, repackaging it, and selling it for USD 50. While selling open source code is not a problem, not making the source code available if the license demands it is. Netkas, famous OSX86 hacker, and a Russian site are now claiming they have found the smoking gun.
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sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

Then again, it is also a breach of the APSL if you do not include a copy of the license with the software in question - I have my copy of Rebel EFI, and as far as I can tell, there's no copy of the license.

Odd that Psystar would be so reckless while in the middle of a nasty court case with Apple. It has been claimed that they are "scum bags". And yet, this is more suggestive of their being "stupid", which is a different thing, entirely.

I can't help but feel that there is more to this story than currently meets the eye.

So I will continue to watch and wait.

P.S. It is amusing to consider the possibility that Apple, or a rogue Apple employee or fan, hacked Psystar's site and planted the download there, unbeknownst to them. In the bizarre world of the Apple-Psystar conflict, that would not be entirely beyond the pale. ;-)

Edited 2009-10-28 17:34 UTC

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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

P.S. It is amusing to consider the possibility that Apple, or a rogue Apple employee or fan, hacked Psystar's site and planted the download there, unbeknownst to them. In the bizarre world of the Apple-Psystar conflict, that would not be entirely beyond the pale. ;-)

LMAO! Nice one Steve, I'm with you on it! :-D

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bousozoku Member since:
2006-01-23

Odd that Psystar would be so reckless while in the middle of a nasty court case with Apple. It has been claimed that they are "scum bags". And yet, this is more suggestive of their being "stupid", which is a different thing, entirely.

I can't help but feel that there is more to this story than currently meets the eye.

So I will continue to watch and wait.

P.S. It is amusing to consider the possibility that Apple, or a rogue Apple employee or fan, hacked Psystar's site and planted the download there, unbeknownst to them. In the bizarre world of the Apple-Psystar conflict, that would not be entirely beyond the pale. ;-)


Having lived in Floriduh for 11 years, it's totally possible that they're both scummy and stupid. That's not to say that everyone there is like that, but there are a lot of people working around the law constantly and the government often has no problem with it.

I couldn't see a rogue Apple employee uploading something to Psystar's site, but a Mac fanatic might as there is a lot of outrage amongst them right now.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

"a lot of outrage amongst them"

There is? I haven't read a paper today, maybe it is on the front page of USA Today?

"APPLE FANBOIS RANT AND RIOT OVER EVIL PSYSTAR"

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Not necessarily, a lot of stupid people are scumbags because that is the only way they know how to cope with reality.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

P.S. It is amusing to consider the possibility that Apple, or a rogue Apple employee or fan, hacked Psystar's site and planted the download there, unbeknownst to them. In the bizarre world of the Apple-Psystar conflict, that would not be entirely beyond the pale. ;-)


It's no less plausible than the idea that Microsoft is secretly behind Psystar, as part of a sinister plot to undermine the GPL.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06


It's no less plausible than the idea that Microsoft is secretly behind Psystar, as part of a sinister plot to undermine the GPL.


That proposition has never made sense. Why would Microsoft want to increase competition within the x86/x64 operating system market?

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