Psystar releases new Mac clone, despite Apple lawsuit

Psystar releases new Mac clone, despite Apple lawsuit

Summary: Psystar, apparently still optimistic about its lawsuit with Apple, has announced another Mac clone computer. The company today introduced a $599 Mac clone desktop PC called Open(3).

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Psystar, apparently still optimistic about its lawsuit with Apple, has announced another Mac clone computer. The company today introduced a $599 Mac clone desktop PC called Open(3).

There's been great debate in the blogosphere about whether Apple's control over both software and hardware constitutes monopolistic behavior, despite the fact that many other manufacturers offer alternatives to the Mac in the form of Windows PCs.

Apple sued Psystar in July, alleging licensing and trademark violations and copyright infringement. Psystar countersued but saw that suit booted back by the courts. Psystar hasn't given up the fight, though, and the two sides are scheduled back in court next month.

Previous coverage: Does Psystar have a legit argument in Apple countersuit?

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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  • Psystar sure is humiliating Jobs!!

    I bet Jobs is [b]fuming[/b] that Psystar [b]dares[/b] stand up to him! I guess that is why Jobs has unleashed his paid astroturfers in 3... 2... 1...

    :)
    NonZealot
    • The only humiliation is...

      yourself. Get a social life...
      randomnoise
  • Hey, Apple may yet convince Psystar to drop OS X with PWN2OWN result!

    Newsflash, OS X fell [b]in seconds[/b] at the 2009 PWN2OWN contest. Windows 7 didn't. Maybe this is a ploy by Apple to make Psystar reconsider OS X? After all, no one in their right mind would want to use the [b]least[/b] secure OS in the world!

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    NonZealot
    • Psystar just needs to make Firefox the defaut browser.

      Problem solved.
      ashdude
      • Now that will p*ss Jobs off. (nt)

        (nt)
        TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
    • What exactly is your problem?

      You just float around ZDNet looking for any Mac vs. PC argument to troll on.

      Did a MAcintosh steal your lunch money when you were 12? Wait, are you 12? I mean when you were 8 then.

      I picture NonZealot(bit of a strange moniker considering his zeal for OSX bashing)as a sad little boy with a clunky, ugly Dell in his Mom's basement, typing furiously in the dark, surrounded by magazine clippings of Bill Gates' and Steve Ballmer's heads pasted on bare-chested men's bodies, and Apple promotional posters that he has scribbled nasty things on with a Sharpie.
      Metronome49
    • * Hey, Apple may yet convince Psystar to drop OS X with PWN2OWN result

      http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2934&tag=nl.e589

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      jonorama@...
  • Apple does not disclose...

    ...pre purchase, in clear print, that you can, must and will only install this software on an Apple sanctioned computer. If you look at the shrink wrapped box, it lists minimum requirements, and that's it. After purchase, during install, they make you post sale agree to something you were never notified of and can't return.

    It is no different than buying a movie on DVD, opening it, slide it in your machine and be told "This is not a Sony DVD player, please eject and discontinue. Thank for the cash though".

    Apple can solve this whole problem if they put, right on the box itself, pre-purchase, "This software is legal for use ONLY on Apple certified computers". They then have a great case. As it stands, they have no case as courts invariably side on (reasonable) customer side when an entity tries to enforce a post sales contract change.

    There was a contract in place to buy OS-X for $, you get to use the copy. Post sales they can no more tell you that you must own an iPod to install it as only on Apple hardware.

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
    • Actually...

      Now im not the first one to step up and defend Apple, but I do believe the side of the box does state that it's an upgrade and will work only in Apple labeled computers.

      Ok I just looked at the website,

      "Minimum System Requirements
      Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
      512MB of physical RAM
      DVD drive for installation"

      I do believe it specifically states mac..
      JT82
      • Both Wrong

        Minimum Requirements does not equate to a contract, it's just an advisement.

        In fact any contract must be entered into agreement with both parties. Just printing a contract on a box does not constitue an agreement - no matter what stipulations you make (such as a purchase constitues agreement with terms).
        kyron.gustafson@...
      • sorry

        MAC appearing in the minimum requirements does NOT mean that it -has- to be a mac.

        If the minimum requirements meant 'legal requirement' then under your quote, you would not be legally allowed to install to a system with more than 512 megs on it.

        As stated earlier, a post purchase contract change is not legally enforceable.


        Ken
        merc2dogs`
      • Not an upgrade

        It does not state anywhere on the box OR in the EULA that it's an upgrade copy. Mac fans state that it's an upgrade copy based on their logic that it must be installed on "Apple-branded hardware" (something stated in the EULA but not on the box) showing that there's already an OS license involved.

        In reality, 10.4 had both an upgrade version and a full version. Apple dropped the upgrade version for 10.5 and only offers the full version now.
        daengbo
  • RE: Psystar releases new Mac clone, despite Apple lawsuit

    Imitation is the Sincerest form of flattery. Apple wants to control its implementation/Distribution of Unix, I understand that. They are entitled to profit from the Purchase of its OS. If a entity Purchases Software the entity should be allowed to use it on non-apple branded Hardware if the entity so desires. Apple it trying to protect its Hardware Business which is understandable but not entirely possible. Perhaps if Apple offered more hardware choices with lower price points the clones would dissappear.
    freethinkerinfl
    • Perhaps if Apple ...

      only sold their OSX software to persons who have the serial
      number of their computer registered with them, the problem
      would also go away. Maybe they have to many lawyers on retainer
      right now and need to keep them busy.
      arminw
  • RE: Psystar releases new Mac clone, despite Apple lawsuit

    The Apple PCs of today remind me of the North Dakota Farmer and his favorite hammer. He says,"This is my best hammer. Had it for 30 years. Replaced the handle 5 times and the head 3 times. Best hammer I ever owned."

    Apple has replaced the processing system to an Intel chipset and the OS to a Unix derivative.

    All that remains is the name, the case, and the hype.
    psion@...
    • Easy with the NoDak Jokes, Bub!

      (nt)
      deanders
      • Slanted

        You have to put a tilt on your letters or your not from NoDak, wind you know. LOL
        Homealone