Psystar to Sell “OpenMac”

Psystar, a company from Miami, Florida, is selling “Open Mac,” a Mac clone with Leopard pre-installed for $554. The computer has a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 250GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM, Intel GMA 950 graphics, DVD+/-RW optical drive, and 4 USB ports.

The Mac clone looks like it would be a pretty good performer, but if you want something a little bit more beefy you can add $110 to the price and get a Nvidia Geforce 8600GT and/or for another $50 they will add in FireWire.

Now remember that this does violate Leopard’s EULA which says that the software can’t be run on hardware that isn’t Apple branded. OpenMac says that the computer is a “configuration of PC hardware capable of running unmodified OS X Leopard kernels.” But they also say this:

“Can I run updates on my OpenMac?

The answer is yes and no. No because there are some updates that are decidedly non-safe. Yes because most updates are not non-safe. It’s best to check on InsanelyMac for this information but when in doubt don’t update it. You may have to reinstall your OS X if it is a non-safe update.”

I don’t expect this company to continue to sell the OpenMac for very long, I’m pretty sure Apple is willing to pay their lawyers a lot more than Psystar can and therefore I’m sure Apple will sue them to a pulp.



  1. Yes, I can. Everyone knows that a when a case is categorized as a “We can out spend them” it is often the last resort as there is no real substance behind the claims. As a lover of underdogs, I’m on Pystar’s side.

    Apple EULA is just a shrink wrap license. It is just a rule imposed by Apple it is not per se legal, until it is adjudged as such in a court of law. Even so Pystar is may be skating around that language nevertheless. Too they may a have a valid legal argument that Apple’s EULA is anticompetitive and illegal.

    Anyway, if they are giving us the option of cheaper version of Apple PC without the ridiculous maek up I say go for it!!!

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