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Psystar Software Will Make Your PC Run OS X

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 79 comments

Psystar fears no Apple.

Apple is a company that likes to control the experience of its customers. It likes to craft its products from top to bottom, both in hardware and software.

Ever since Apple went with Intel processors, the hardware differences between Macs and PCs became minimal. The software that runs on the hardware, however, remains very different mostly due to Mac OS X.

Windows runs natively on a Mac thanks to Boot Camp, but the relationship is mostly just one way. In Apple's EULA, it states that its Mac OS X software may only be used on Apple hardware – something that PC enthusiasts find unfortunate and restrictive.

Psystar, seemingly fearless in its technological adventures hackintosh-related, has released a new software tool called Rebel EFI that advertises the ability to install any OS on PCs with Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, i7 or Xeon Nehalem CPUs. Of course, by "any OS," the company is clearly pushing Mac OS X.

If you've been wondering what all the fuss is about surrounding Mac OS X, this could be one experimental/economical way to find out. Psystar currently has a time-limited demo available for download for those to try out in order to decide if it's effective enough to be worth the $49.99 purchase price.

Check out all the details here, download links included.

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    PodSix , October 23, 2009 9:28 PM
    Gentlemen, start your attorneys.
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    cybrcatter , October 23, 2009 9:33 PM
    Quote:
    In Apple's EULA, it states that its Mac OS X software may only be used on Apple hardware – something that PC enthusiasts find unfortunate and restrictive.


    I see nothing unfortunate. I must be in the minority of pc enthusiasts.
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    08nwsula , October 23, 2009 9:43 PM
    psystar has always seemed a little shady, but I give them credit for sticking it to apple. If apple wanted such exclusivity, they should have stuck to their own hardware instead of copying windows machines.
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    jrsdav , October 23, 2009 9:23 PM
    It works, and it's worth it.
  • 35 Hide
    PodSix , October 23, 2009 9:28 PM
    Gentlemen, start your attorneys.
  • 24 Hide
    cybrcatter , October 23, 2009 9:33 PM
    Quote:
    In Apple's EULA, it states that its Mac OS X software may only be used on Apple hardware – something that PC enthusiasts find unfortunate and restrictive.


    I see nothing unfortunate. I must be in the minority of pc enthusiasts.
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    kyeana , October 23, 2009 9:35 PM
    Didn't psystar get caught a while ago simply ripping off open source projects and selling them as their own?
  • 23 Hide
    08nwsula , October 23, 2009 9:43 PM
    psystar has always seemed a little shady, but I give them credit for sticking it to apple. If apple wanted such exclusivity, they should have stuck to their own hardware instead of copying windows machines.
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    agnickolov , October 23, 2009 9:45 PM
    That was EFI-X...
  • 8 Hide
    njkid3 , October 23, 2009 9:57 PM
    props for them sticking it to the man
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    Hellbound , October 23, 2009 9:57 PM
    I smell a law suit..... Tomorrows story "Apply Sues Psystar Over Patent Infringing Software".
  • 3 Hide
    Honis , October 23, 2009 10:04 PM
    I'm running AMD machines... Damn!

    As much as I dislike Apple, I do want to learn how to use OS X cheaply.
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    the_krasno , October 23, 2009 10:16 PM
    podsixGentlemen, start your attorneys.


    So true and so sad. Who the hell Apple is to tell me what I can install or not in MY hardware!? If I paid for it, I can do as much as I want to with it.
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2009 10:22 PM
    OSX Server can be run in a VM. but that probably wont be cheap though... But if your running an AMD chip with virtualization support it's possible.
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    wildwell , October 23, 2009 10:36 PM
    Wow, $49 for the Psystar software and $29 for the OS. It's cheaper to try out Mac OSX than it is to try Windows 7.

    NOTE: I would also like to point out that Tom's is currently conducting a poll regarding a Mac OS section in the forums.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/32340-12-forum
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    ern88 , October 23, 2009 10:58 PM
    Good luck playing games like Modern warfare 2 and others. Graet for the business types I guess. OS X sucks for gamers.
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    pender21 , October 23, 2009 10:59 PM
    Try the Chameleon Bootloader - it is free, and works like a real OS X machine with updates and not like a hackinstosh.
    http://aserebln.blogspot.com/
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    war2k9 , October 23, 2009 11:07 PM
    For $78 I might buy an apple os.
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    JonathanDeane , October 23, 2009 11:11 PM
    After some quick searching I see this is not the first software that allows you to do this (although its probably a fair bit easier) Interesting to me, ultimately useless but I will play around with it :) 
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    raden_muaz , October 23, 2009 11:14 PM
    HonisI'm running AMD machines... Damn!As much as I dislike Apple, I do want to learn how to use OS X cheaply.

    Well you can still use typical Hackintosh like everyone else. At least it's somehow free.
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    kingssman , October 23, 2009 11:18 PM
    How does Psystar expect to stay in business with such blatent lawsuit infringement. At least EFI-X stood a chance because it wasn't made "exclusively" to install OSx on PCs, it just gave you the option to. Course EFI-X also stole from open source communities.
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    chesterman86 , October 23, 2009 11:51 PM
    does it run on atom?
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