Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Dec 2009 11:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In a very unsurprising move, Psystar is closing up shop. It will fire its eight employees, and be done with it. There isn't more to say, really, except this: one down, at least four to go, of which three in Europe. Good luck bullying those three, Apple. Update: Psystar's lawyers have stated that the original story wasn't true. Psystar will continue to litigate the legality of Rebel EFI through the motion process described by Judge Alsup. They will also continue the Florida case.
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RE[2]: Not sorry to see them go
by tyrione on Sat 19th Dec 2009 03:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Not sorry to see them go"
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Now, I WOULD be sad if Pystar had been making SUPERIOR hardware. People like to rave about how great Apple's hardware is. And compared to a lot of PCs, it is very good. But Apple hardware isn't perfect. I've encountered my share of difficulties. It would be cool if some company made BETTER hardware.

The thing about Pystar is that they did lots of questonable things, like sell machines that were over-clocked. One reviewer talked about how he had to change the clock speed settings to normal values in order to get the machine to be stable. If an end user wants to over-clock their machine, fine. But it's damn stupid for a hardware vendor to sell hardware that has a high probability of being unstable. I've tinkered plenty with overclocking, and it's an artform that needs a lot of extensive testing and tweaking.

Having had a PowerComputing PowerCenter Mac clone in the mid-1990s, I've seen other companies sell Mac OS-compatible hardware that was better than what Apple was selling and it nearly put Apple in the cemetery.

Psystar wasn't doing anything remarkable. They won't be missed and people will still be able to create their own Hackintosh for a while.

I hope this goes a long way to keep Apple from going to great lengths to secure Mac OS X to machine serial numbers or some other kind of identification and possibly raising the price.

PowerComputing was not putting Apple into the cemetery. Apple was putting itself into the cemetery.

The dbase of customers taken from Apple by Power was just around 230k.

I was there at Apple and saw the stats.

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