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You remember Psystar, don't you? How could you not, right? The company famous (or should we say infamous?) for forging ahead with production on Mac clones even as lawsuits from Apple piled up has finally caved, but not to Apple. No, it has caved to the pressures of financing a business.According to a new report up at The Mac Observer, the company -- which engineered stylish PCs that were sold with Apple's OS X operating system -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida late last week. If you're wondering why all the hubbub, it's that no third-party PC maker is allowed to sell hardware... Read more...
Apple Computer has nearly always kept its Mac computer platform an in-house-only proposition. Other than a few sanctioned (and unsanctioned) clones in the platform's early days and a two-year span in the mid-1990's, legitimate Apple computers have only come from Apple. That's not to say others haven't tried (for an interesting look at the history of Mac clones, see the Wikipedia entry here). The OSx86 Project has been providing knowledge resources and has built a sizeable community for do-it-yourself hackintoshes. Recently, Doral, Florida-based PsyStar has been selling its Open Computer platform... Read more...
Fist it was: Psystar who? Followed by: Psystar wherefore art thou? Then nipping on those heels came: okay, I see it, but I don't believe it. Now the latest installment in the Psystar soap opera has us eating crow, because Engadget actually has a preliminary hands-on review of a Psystar Open Computer, including video and benchmarks."As far as benchmarks, it doesn't exactly blow Apple's gear away, but it definitely holds its own -- and the GeForce card just destroys the integrated graphics in the MacBook / Mac mini."It works, but it's not perfect. Apparently the system fans stay on all the time and... Read more...
The folks over at Engadget appear to have received an actual Psystar Open Computer Mac clone, and they've posted a number of photos from the system's unboxing. The case looks to be the same design as appeared in the video post we wrote about yesterday. Which means we're probably going to have to eat our words: We theorized that the video was just an elaborate OSx86 Project hoax. We'll have to check back in with Engadget to see what their experience is once they power the system up.... Read more...
Gizmodo has posted a video clip sent in by a reader that supposedly shows a Psystar Mac Clone up and running in the home of an actual Psystar customer. "The thing boots up and runs pretty damn fast, says Patrick, but Software Update won't recognize it so you won't be able to patch. System Profiler thinks that it's a Mac Pro." The video is fairly convincing in that it appears actually to show the Mac OS running on non-Mac hardware. However, there is nothing that definitively identifies the machine as from Psystar. With the right hardware, resources, and patience, it's actually not terribly difficult... Read more...
While the rest of the world tries to figure out if this company is legit or not, Psystar keeps chugging along.  And now, they say their first PCs are shipping!So, is it a hoax or not? Mac clone builder Psystar has experienced in just one week all the good and bad today’s Internet has to offer: The possible availability of a cheap Mac clone spread like wildfire through the Internet last week, confusion about its address and payment processor attracted the wrath of the Internet and most of us concluded that, yes, some things are too good to be true and Psystar may have been just a hoax. But,... Read more...
We recently reported on the company Psystar who is selling machines with an option to load OS X 10.5, a.k.a. Leopard, and how threats of litigation from Apple was all but imminent.  That has now come to pass, and apparently Psystar is firing back:Speaking to InformationWeek, a Psystar employee identified only as Robert said his company sees Apple's end-user license agreement, which prohibits third-party installations of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, as a violation of antitrust laws.??"What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?," he said.An interesting legal battle... Read more...
Anandtech has managed to get their hands on AOpen's new SFF system to see if the final hardware will live up to the hype. In previous weeks, this AOpen system received a fair amount of attention thanks to the not so subtle resemblance to Apple Mac Mini system. Prior to  the Intel-based Mac Minis, this system certainly had its own niche. However, now you have to wonder how much opportunity is left for a system such as this. For those that really like super small computers and insist on a Windows OS, this product is certain to make them happy.... Read more...