Psystar's Mac clones: The pics

Psystar's Mac clones: The pics

Summary: Anyone tracking the news about the latest round of Mac clones has learned the following: Psystar's site is barely holding up, there will be a clash with Apple and there's a lot of interest.Adrian Kingsley-Hughes told us about the bold monopoly talk coming out of Psystar.

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Anyone tracking the news about the latest round of Mac clones has learned the following: Psystar's site is barely holding up, there will be a clash with Apple and there's a lot of interest.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes told us about the bold monopoly talk coming out of Psystar. Jason O'Grady gave us a little history lesson. As for me, I just wanted to look at these Mac clones to see if they are a viable option as a purchase.

The OS only tells some of the Mac story for consumers. The design is what counts. The big question: Are Psystar's desktops pretty enough to usurp the Mac.

You decide. Here's Psystar's Open Computer from a gallery we put together:

And the Open Pro Computer:

Clearly, these aren't Macs, but money talks. And with a starting price of $399 I could be convinced to give up some design frills.

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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  • Psystar's Mac clones: The pics

    For me its not about the design of a case, its about running OS X for cheap. The case doesn't matter as it will be shoved under a desk or stuffed in a corner and not looked at. Does it run OS X and does it run it well? Will it support the internal hardware and wireless? Those are the questions we want answered.
    Loverock Davidson
    • You shove it under a desk

      because you've been conditioned to by the ugly pieces of
      crap you are sold.
      frgough
      • That, or....

        [i]You shove it under a desk because you've been conditioned to by the ugly pieces of crap you are sold.[/i]

        That or perhaps one wants a bit more room on their desk?
        Badgered
      • Who keeps their box on a desktop?

        Jeez, I walk around the office complex here and elsewhere, and NO ONE keeps their towers or mini-towers on top of their desk anymore.
        Fan noise, Clutter, cables,obstructed views.

        Granted with the all-in- one iMAC, you have no choice, but what world does this guy live in that he's sports a pretty tower on his desk top? Most of us have work stacked on our desk and need the precious space...ooops...I said work...nevermind.
        Boxarox
        • I keep mine on my desk

          because there's nowhere else to put it. I'm certainly not
          putting it on the carpet! Obstructed view? Of what? Well,
          part of a wall of my office and my rubbish bin. (Hmm.
          Maybe that's why I keep forgetting to empty the bin? *G*)
          labarker
        • I keep mine on my desk

          because there's nowhere else to put it. I'm certainly not
          putting it on the carpet! Obstructed view? Of what? Well,
          only a corner of one of my office walls and my rubbish
          bin. Hmm! Maybe that's why I keep forgetting to empty
          the bin--actually a big cardboard carton. *G*)
          labarker
        • Back injury

          I keep mine on my desk - I don't have a choice. A serious spinal injury makes the floor almost off-limits.
          Lizzie_B
      • Macsnobery

        The flipside of Macenvy.

        If I want art, I'll by a piece of sculpture for my desktop.

        Give me a break. Don't you get enough attention driving your BMW or Porsche?
        djchandler
        • Macsnobbery? Hmmmmmmm.....

          I drive a Pontiac... my mac is a G3 imac, which I paid $60
          for and did all the upgrades myself.... I use it "...for
          graphics...(I know that seems like a snob thing to say)" but
          also for pretty much EVERYTHING...
          I have a PC, because I have to do certain things on it- If
          these machines run OS X well, then great- if Apple doesn't
          force them out of the market that is... OS X is a great
          operating system, and more people would know that and
          would adopt it if not for the typical price that macs go for.
          License infringement or not, Apple would be doing well to
          get OS X into more homes and businesses...
          Just my two cents-
          unclefixer@...
        • Well, if you hate so much

          how people enjoy their possessions you might as well move to Cuba.
          royalstream
    • Make your Windows PC look like OSX Leopard

      Nice clones, but if your looking for a different feel on your own Windows PC, perhaps Mac's new OS X Leopard theme is for you (without having to buy a Mac). Here is how you can do it for free.

      http://pcwizkid.blogspot.com/2008/03/customize-your-windows-xp-or-vista-to.html

      Cheers
      PCWizKid
      pcwizkid.tech.talk@...
      • Looks aren't everything.

        It's still Windows underneath.
        PMDubuc
        • so that would make it....

          less hackable than the Mac (if the recent contest was anything to go by) cool!!!
          Paul Fletcher
          • Yeah, sure whatever you say ...

            I'll stick with my real life experience with both for making my choice. This "contest" is not anything to go by in comparison. OS X hasn't wasted anywhere near the the hundreds of hours I've spent fixing problems as Windows has aside from being "hacked". YMMV. Good for you.
            PMDubuc
          • as you say YMMV

            so just what are doing that entails you having to 'spend hundreds of hours' I use windows at home and work for a wide variety of things and haven't spent anywhere near that time fixing problems....?
            Paul Fletcher
          • As you say, "a wide variety of things"

            To numerous to mention. But take one example: upgrades. I recently upgraded two of my Macs to Leopord (10.5.2). One was an upgrade from Tiger (10.4) on an Intel based MacBook Pro. The other was from Panther (10.3) running on a G5 iMack. Both upgrades when without a hitch. Everything worked! The G5 runs Leopard just fine in 1Gb of memory. Much better response than I get with XP on a newer Dell computer with 2Gb. Try that sort of upgrade between Windows versions. You've got to buy new hardware first if you want to go to Vista. When I buy a new Mac, I'm able to all the installed applications and user accounts and files from one machine running an older version of OS X to the new one in one "walk away and forget it" operation. When I come back everything on the new machine works! Migrating users to a new Windows PC was never so boring, I'll admit.

            Your claim that OS X is more easily hacked because of the results of some contest where a vulnerability was in the Safari web browser (not OS X) was exploited, isn't relevant. Makes no difference to me. I don't use Safari. And the exploit has already been patched.

            If you're happy with Windows, that's great. I never was. I've always been more at home with Unix-based systems. I know lots of people who've never used anything but Windows who have just come to believe that slow response, occasional system lockups and crashes, annoying popup messages, viruses and spyware, problems caused by patches and updates are just a normal part of the computing experience. I'm honestly glad that you have apparently escaped all of these headaches. Have you tweaked your Windows UI to look like Leopard yet? Perfect! :-)
            PMDubuc
      • Make Linux look like it too

        http://pcwizkid.blogspot.com/2007/12/ubuntu-gutsy-gibbon-710-vs-osx-leopard.html

        Thanks PCWizKid. But how do you get the time for this?
        djchandler
        • Patience and a little drink <burp!>

          All kidding aside, working with PC's Servers, and different OS's and Hardware is a passion of mine, I make time for this. Believe it or not a lot of what I do comes easy and doesnt take much time, I guess its years of doing this.

          Cheers
          PCWizKid
          pcwizkid.tech.talk@...
        • For a few seconds I thought

          It actually was OSX

          That's until I saw the ugly icons and the weird looking fonts.

          Besides the icons and the fonts, there's something else that clearly yells "Cheap" but I cannot put my finger on it.
          royalstream
    • You've forgotten the most important thing

      QUALITY! It's most likely full of crap just the clones that
      Apple licensed.
      labarker