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Mac Cloner Psystar Files for Bankruptcy

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

It’s been a long road, guys.

Rumor has it Mac clone company Psystar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida. Mac Observer today reports that the company has filed for Chapter 11, temporarily slowing down legal proceedings with Cupertino-based Apple. MO reports that all legal actions involving the PC maker are automatically put on hold while the bankruptcy court begins its proceedings.

Psystar kicked things off in April of last year, when it started selling cheap desktop computers with Mac OS X preinstalled. Apple is, of course, attempting to sue the pants off of Psystar claiming the sale of the Open computers violates the OS X end user license agreement which states the software can only be installed on an Apple-branded machine.

In the last year there’s been copious amounts of back and forth between the two companies and there’s been tons of speculation as to how a small company like Psystar has managed to survive a year long legal battle with Apple. The most prevalent theory is that Psystar is backed by a much larger company which is providing finances for the lawsuit. According to Mac Observer, a court will hold a hearing on June 5 where Psystar's equity creditors will be revealed. In other words, if there is/was a company in the shadows, forking out cash to the company peddling Mac clones, we’re about to find out who. Get the popcorn out, guys, this one is going to be juicy.

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    mindless728 , May 26, 2009 7:17 PM
    its their way of saying, use our hardware or you don't get to use our software
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    squatchman , May 26, 2009 8:01 PM
    Tell that to all the people nailing Microsoft to a cross for packaging Internet Explorer with Windows.
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    tweak13 , May 26, 2009 8:17 PM
    wouldn't it be funny if Microsoft was funding them lol
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    Gin Fushicho , May 26, 2009 7:13 PM
    O_o Damn thats an evil end user license agreement , at least I can install windows on whatever machine I want Mac or not.
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    puddleglum , May 26, 2009 7:15 PM
    So, will this company in the shadows now be culpable?
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    mindless728 , May 26, 2009 7:17 PM
    its their way of saying, use our hardware or you don't get to use our software
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    Gin Fushicho , May 26, 2009 7:30 PM
    rsudYou mean you can install it on "whatever machine" that is a windows configured pc.But then whats the use of installing a crappy OS on "whatever machine".


    I do gotta agree with that , there is no point in installing Windows on a machine like a MAC. xD But really you can install it on ANY machine , they dont stop you like mac does.
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    bfstev , May 26, 2009 7:41 PM
    yea you can definitely install windows on any machine you can get your hands on. wether you want to or not is another matter. I dont see that changing anytime soon either. The microsoft device driver library is enormous for a reason.
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    hellwig , May 26, 2009 7:46 PM
    I guess Psystar didn't have a magical bank account. Its a shame really. Apple needs to be taken down a peg, shown that just because they're not Microsoft doesn't mean they get to play outside the law.
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    eddieroolz , May 26, 2009 7:48 PM
    We need Psystar alive to give Apple's evil EULA a kick in its rear!
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    icebain , May 26, 2009 7:51 PM
    eddieroolzWe need Psystar alive to give Apple's evil EULA a kick in its rear!


    It's their software, we can't (the market) dictate to them how they should package and sell it other than speaking with our wallets.
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    squatchman , May 26, 2009 8:01 PM
    Tell that to all the people nailing Microsoft to a cross for packaging Internet Explorer with Windows.
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    SamanuelMC , May 26, 2009 8:16 PM
    squatchmanTell that to all the people nailing Microsoft to a cross for packaging Internet Explorer with Windows.

    ^ This
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    tweak13 , May 26, 2009 8:17 PM
    wouldn't it be funny if Microsoft was funding them lol
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    grieve , May 26, 2009 8:22 PM
    tweak13wouldn't it be funny if Microsoft was funding them lol

    I was thinking the same thing....

    Sh*t would hit the fan!
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    Hatecrime69 , May 26, 2009 8:43 PM
    tweak13wouldn't it be funny if Microsoft was funding them lol


    would not be surprised at all really...
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    Shadow703793 , May 26, 2009 8:43 PM
    tweak13wouldn't it be funny if Microsoft was funding them lol

    That would be an EPIC Mac vs. PC battle.
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    the_one111 , May 26, 2009 9:05 PM
    Shadow703793That would be an EPIC Mac vs. PC battle.

    Bill Gates would rip off his shirt showing off his 5 inch thick abs while Steve Jobs would begin coughing toxic cancerous gas.

    Then Bill would totally yell "THIS. IS. MICROSOFT!!!"

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    Gin Fushicho , May 26, 2009 9:13 PM
    And they would both die a slow painful death. =D
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    Anonymous , May 26, 2009 9:25 PM
    I like OS X but that EULA is the one of the worst way to protect their market share.
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    my_name_is_earl , May 26, 2009 9:27 PM
    Then again, they will still be able to sue other people.
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    Anonymous , May 26, 2009 9:49 PM
    The EU should be taking action against Apple, Intel and Microsoft both got what they deserved, it's Apple's turn now...
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