Monday, April 14, 2008

And the company to get a cease & desist this week is ...


A company called Psystar is selling plain box PCs for $399 named OpenMac, with hacked versions of Mac OS X 10.5.
From their Questions and answers page:

Can I run updates on my OpenMac?

The answer is yes and no. No because there are some updates that are decidedly non-safe. Yes because most updates are not non-safe. It’s best to check on InsanelyMac for this information but when in doubt don’t update it. You may have to reinstall your OS X if it is a non-safe update.

* Take note of some of the grammar

As reported by Macrumors:

For $399, you get a tower computer with the following specs:

- 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 2GB of DDR2 667 memory
- Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics
- 20x DVD+/-R Drive
- 4 USB Ports
- 250GB 7200RPM Drive

Psystar is marketing this as a cheaper and more expandable alternative to a true Apple Mac.

The company claims that the machine is Leopard compatible with some "minimal patching" but does offer Leopard pre-installed. This is reportedly accomplished by using parts that are known to be compatible with Mac OS X Leopard, as well as the use of an EFI emulator.

The use of the Mac OS on non Apple-branded hardware is a violation of its End User License Agreement (EULA) and is specifically prohibited.

From the End User's License Agreement That ALL agree to BEFORE installing the Mac OS:

You agree not to install, use, or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so.

[UPDATE] The Psystar site went down for a while. They've changed the name to "Open Computer,"


I am a lover of children's literature said...

It's not a bad looking unit, but we all know where the OpenMac system is going to end up: either in the garbage heap of history or in the courts, which means the garbage heap of history!

For only $399, I must admit, it's very tempting, but all of the hassles that has to go along with it. it is probably more than enough reason to avoid it even if it could be purchased legally.

All-in-all, I'm mixed about Mac clones; I wish they were permitted, but I fear what would happen to Apple's offering which though a little more costly are, non-the-less, just so sexy and innovative.

FYT said...

The computer market is one area the capitalist rule of competition doesn't apply:

" Competiton increases sales"

Apple found out quickly that the clones stole marketshare from the parent rather than producing new customers.

Few if any of the clone purchasers followed through with being Mac purchasers.

The biggest thing Apple has going for it is its logo - as proven by the brand survey I posted last week.