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Psystar officially stops Mac clone sales

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 Dec 2009 11:47 User comments (6)

Psystar officially stops Mac clone sales Yesterday, it was reported that Mac clone maker Psystar had settled with Apple for $2.675 million USD, and today it appears that the clones have been officially taken down from the computer maker’s website.
The three clones, the OpenDuo, Open(Q) and Open(7), each of which came with the Mac OSX installed, are now listed as “out of stock.” As part of the settlement, Psystar paid damages for copyright infringement, violation of the DMCA and breach of contract. Apple dropped the rest of the charges.

Notably, Psystar is still selling its Rebel EFI product, a $50 item which allows for third-party installation of Mac OS X on computers not sold by Apple. Psystar has sued Apple in a separate court in an effort to have the product deemed legal.

The software allows for Intel-powered PCs to install 10.6 Snow Leopard, bringing about the term “Hackintosh,” where the operating system is installed on netbooks. Apple has claimed the software is the same as "trafficking in circumvention devices" and is hurting the company.

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6 user comments

12.12.2009 19:25

A lot of the Hackintosh community is upset about Psystar charging for Rebel EFI since it's partly based upon others' 'freeware' hacks and that Rebel EFI transmits data to Psystar.

23.12.2009 1:11

Actually, it looks like they might be totally out of business as they don't even offer the computers they sold w/ Windows or Linux anymore either. Maybe $2.675 million is all they had. And for only selling 768 hackintoshes, that's $3483 per computer sold. They coulda bought ~1600 new Core i7 iMacs or a ~800 8-core Xeon Mac Pros for that! ;-)

34.12.2009 11:17

Yet another reason I will never own a mac. Companies that consistently do this kind of stuff don't deserve my money.

44.12.2009 18:19

Originally posted by IguanaC64:
Yet another reason I will never own a mac. Companies that consistently do this kind of stuff don't deserve my money.

Yeah...people who protect their property suck! :-) Get real!

54.12.2009 20:48

I just love how they use the logic of this hurting the company. If they made more of an effort to make their products financially available to more than 5% of the computer population, then this wouldn't be such a problem for them. As it is, they make more money from their mobile products(ipod/iphone/etc) then their computers.

65.12.2009 9:05

Quote:
Originally posted by IguanaC64:
Yet another reason I will never own a mac. Companies that consistently do this kind of stuff don't deserve my money.

Yeah...people who protect their property suck! :-) Get real!
Nothing like protecting a product from legitimate sale....

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