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Psystar Debuts New, Sleek OS X Hackintosh

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

Psystar’s headlines as of late, okay, for the last year and a bit, have been about the company’s legal battle with Cupertino-based Apple. Today the company has a bit of good(?) news for the masses: A new addition to its Mac clone line.

The company is calling the latest Open computer, the Open (3), “Smaller, Faster and Sexier” and says it will include Intel’s E7400 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo making it 50 percent faster than previous models. Processor aside you’re looking at 500 GB HDD, 8400GS graphics unit and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM. If you’re willing to go over $600, optional features include upgrading to a Core 2 Quad, GeForce 9500GT 512 MB (DVI + VGA), a Blu-ray burner, Firewire, Bluetooth, wireless and extended warranty.

While the base specs are great value for the price, almost everyone who’s shopping with Psystar is only interested in one thing: the fact that the computer ships with Mac OS X pre-installed. This little perk is something that landed the company in trouble with Apple and the two have been fighting it out in court since this time last year. It’s one big mess of counter-suits and appeals but it hasn’t stopped one German company from coming out with their own Mac clone, which it claims is perfectly legal. Apple’s beef is that the OS X EULA states that the software can only be installed on an Apple branded machine. Germany-based Hypermeganet says that because of German law, Apple’s EULA is void. The company’s main argument is that since the customer can’t read the EULA before purchase (it being sealed inside), it’s not valid.

Check out the Psystar website for ordering and preordering. No word on UK pricing yet, unfortunately.

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    thedipper , March 18, 2009 4:56 PM
    I think it's nice that a company is taking a stand against the inability to buy OS X by itsself. Apple should at LEAST sell OS X by itsself but clearly state that they do not support it.
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    captaincharisma , March 18, 2009 5:05 PM
    that's an interesting point. the EULA is not on the outside of the box and the only way to see it would be to open the box which would void you returning it if you do not agree to it.
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    hellwig , March 18, 2009 5:16 PM
    I'm torn between saying "Let Apple keep its OS if it wants" and "Why is Apple so stupid". Microsoft knows how to make money from software, but apparently Apple never figured that one out. They use their software to force... er... entice people into buying their overpriced hardware. I still also don't see how their practice ISN't anti-competitive. You will never see a Microsoft branded computer, ever.

    Apple knows the OS is the ONLY reason people buy their computers (its certainly not the overpriced, off-the-shelf components inside). As such, if they just started selling their OS, they would loose all the money they make off computers. Would you serisouly pay twice as much for a computer just because it has the Apple sticker on it? Trust me, charging hundreds of dollars for 2GB upgrades in memory makes them a lot more money than selling copies of their os at $199 a piece.
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    SneakySnake , March 18, 2009 5:55 PM
    Phystar must be getting support from some big companies like HP or Dell (who have asked apple to allow them to produce OS X computers). Ohterwise how could they keep up this months long legal battle.

    Being a mac man myself I would love to see OS X released for the masses. At the moment I don't own a mac, only an extra HDD in my homebuild for hackintosh. Being able to run OS X natively in my rig would be phenomenal.
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    pharge , March 18, 2009 6:07 PM
    I believe that Apple has stated many times that Apple is a "hardware company/computer company". For Apple, OS X, software packages, iTune, and others are just the iceing on the cake... the eye candy for increasing the sale of their "hardware"... From that point of view, it is not hard to understand why Apple keeps trying to keep its OS X Mac exclusive.
    It is like microsoft will never want to allow Halo to be played on PS3 (not a prefect example.. but you know what I mean..:p  )
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    Tindytim , March 18, 2009 6:19 PM
    Apple would never release their OS to the masses because the only thing that makes OSX great, is the anal control Apple has over hardware compatibility. The instant we allow people to freely use OSX on whatever hardware they want, it will have many more issues than Windows ever did.
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    Niva , March 18, 2009 7:10 PM
    I still don't understand why anyone would ruin a perfectly good set of hardware by installing OSX on it. I'll stick to windows and linux thanks! I guess I'll get negged for this by the apple fanboyZ! Cheers!
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    captaincharisma , March 18, 2009 7:33 PM
    I agree the moment it is released to the masses OSX may be worse then windows because of all the low quality parts and drivers out there
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    grieve , March 18, 2009 7:46 PM
    "" The company’s main argument is that since the customer can’t read the EULA before purchase (it being sealed inside), it’s not valid.""

    OMG.. that statement is SOO ridiculous and brilliant all @ once.
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    grieve , March 18, 2009 7:50 PM
    captaincharismaI agree the moment it is released to the masses OSX may be worse then windows because of all the low quality parts and drivers out there

    You can buy OSX ? im not following what you guys are saying...
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC094Z/A?fnode=MTY1NDAzOA&mco=MzgxNDk3OQ
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    Tindytim , March 18, 2009 7:56 PM
    grieve"" The company’s main argument is that since the customer can’t read the EULA before purchase (it being sealed inside), it’s not valid.""OMG.. that statement is SOO ridiculous and brilliant all @ once.

    You didn't hear about that? It's been their argument since the beginning of the case.
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    Tindytim , March 18, 2009 8:08 PM
    grieveYou can buy OSX ? im not following what you guys are saying...http://store.apple.com/us/product/ [...] MzgxNDk3OQ

    Wha?
    Do you mean "can't" rather than "can"?

    You can't install OSX on any system of your choice without hacks. And it's against OSX's EULA, which is what this whole case is about.

    System build to run OSX that aren't made by apple are called "Hackintoshes", but the problem is you can't use any old hardware. OSX only has support for very specific motherboards, processors, and graphics cards.

    For OSX to work on all the hardware that works with Windows means huge driver support, and it also means OSX can no longer be optimized for specific hardware.
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    grieve , March 18, 2009 8:49 PM
    I mean you can purchase it... there is the link.
    Earlier two people were saying if OSx was released to the public it would get killed with hardware issues.

    I’m saying it is released to the public; you can just go buy it.
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    geoffs , March 18, 2009 8:49 PM
    Quote:
    that's an interesting point. the EULA is not on the outside of the box
    No, but the system requirements are, and they clearly state that you must have a Macintosh.

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    and the only way to see it would be to open the box which would void you returning it if you do not agree to it.
    Incorrect. If you decline the EULA, you can return the software. In fact, that's what the first paragraph of the EULA states. If you want to read the EULA, you can see it at
    , no purchase necessary.
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    grieve , March 18, 2009 8:52 PM
    Looking back at the comments I think I misunderstood what you guys were saying.
    It’s not released to the masses with full support if installed on your own hardware…
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    grieve , March 18, 2009 8:55 PM
    Holy Hell…
    I wish I could delete my posts on this thread! Lol, total brain collapse.
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    geoffs , March 18, 2009 9:12 PM
    Apple EULA's are available here.

    http://www.apple.com/legal/sla/
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    christop , March 19, 2009 12:29 AM
    Keep osx I am waiting on 7....
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    cruiseoveride , March 19, 2009 5:35 AM
    Yeah keep your watered down, crippled old version of BSD
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2009 5:41 AM
    @christop
    Which in turn if we're to relate back to the subject at hand, 7 can also EASILY run on probably ALL of Psystar desktop configurations.
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