Miami OEM offering a US$500 PC running Leopard
Update Psytar has changed their Leopard PC’s name from ‘Open Mac’ to ‘Open Computer’… good luck shaking off Apple’s lawyers.
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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