Miami OEM offering a US$500 PC running Leopard

15Apr08

Update Psytar has changed their Leopard PC’s name from ‘Open Mac’ to ‘Open Computer’… good luck shaking off Apple’s lawyers.

TB Tech Blog - OpenMac

The OSX-86 project, or “Hackintosh”, has existed for quite some time now. Basically, it allows any person with a modern Intel-powered computer, fairly similar in specs to modern Macs, to run the Mac OS X operating system. This is possible thanks to Apple’s move to much faster Intel processors — and some loopholes like this one have come up for somewhat ‘lucky’ Intel-powered PC users.

Of course, this is very, very illegal — Apple’s EULA, or End-User License Agreement, which governs global use of OS X, states:

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

So it certainly came as a surprise to me this morning as I read through Daring Fireball‘s links and found that a small company called Psystar, based in Miami, Florida, who are offering a US$399 plain-Jane PC with some fairly decent specs. Obviously that’s boring, but… hey! For an extra US$155, they’ll preinstall Leopard with it! It’s called the ‘OpenMac’, and whilst it has that holy-grail white sheen to it, I don’t think anybody will be fooled for long.

As the EULA states, not only is it forbidden to install OS X on non-Apple hardware yourself, but you also can’t get others to do it for you. This is the first instance that I’ve seen where a whole computer company has been, well, stupid enough to engage in a sure battle with the boys from Cupertino!

Let the takedown begin.

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One Response to “Miami OEM offering a US$500 PC running Leopard”

  1. 1 jopriest

    Hey, again, could you give us an update every so often on how the lawsuits going? We all know whose going to win but it’s always fun to watch how they do it.
    Although that is a pretty hefty ban on use of apple software “You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so”, so running boot-camp on a “non-mac” and OS X would be classified as illegal and an offence?


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