So exactly who or what is would-be Mac-cloner Psystar?

Charles Arthur, reporting for Guardian Unlimited, has dug around for info regarding Psystar, the company that claims it’ll sell non-Apple PCs loaded with Mac OS X Leopard.

“The Psystar site talks a lot. OK. The site was registered in 2000, according to whois, but what’s odd is that searches on Google and on don’t turn up anything about the company before this week. Zip. Zero. Nada,” Arthur reports. “I called the Miami Chamber of Commerces and its Better Business Bureau. They’ve never heard of it.”

“We thought we’d look closer at the location they’re in. And that’s where things got really strange,” Arthur reports. “The address had changed completely.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Predrag” for the heads up.]

This whole Psystar thing is just a big fat load of hork.


  1. Predrag said: What’s amazing is that there was already a torrent of press coverage in the mainstream IT media about this company, with reputable commentators (journalists) discussing implications and legality of this. Meanwhile, a journalist from an English newspaper did the unthinkable – picked up the phone and did some most basic research on this company.

    This is just the most amusing development in quite some time.

    So right! LMAO!!!

  2. Personally, I hope apple releases a consumer tower. Something around the same specs and price as this open mac. A sub 1000 dollar notebook would be nice too. I think we’re gonna see more computer companies come out with efi support to run osx (everyone is supposed to be switching to efi anyway).

    I personally think that apple would benefit from cheaper and more expandable machines. But everyone else seems to think that Apple should remain a premium product only. So I guess that means people who don’t have a lot of cash don’t get to use a Mac?
    If you can’t afford a macbook that makes you a bad person, and you have to get a vista laptop?

    Say what you will about this Open Mac, but it’s cheaper than even the macmini and more powerful as well. This is giving MS and Pc manufacturers a big advantage. If it’s well established that Macs are superior then what seems to have always limited their adoption is price. It’s the fact that you can buy a cheaper system even if it doesn’t have uber powerful specs.

  3. Interesting. I’ve only used hork as a verb and not a noun.

    “What smells like freaking porpoise hork?!” — Mom, Futurama

    I said it in another thread and I’ll say it again: If throwing together some PC components and making a Mac clone is so profitable and legally safe, why aren’t Dell and HP doing it? Obviously either PsyStar is full of crap, or Dell and HP can afford better lawyers who inform them that it’s a bad idea.


  4. Something’s in the air here. If Apple can make a blank-box that’ll run any and all OS’s an end-user cares to load into it – and brag about the fact… why can’t any other enterprising business do exactly the same?

    This stalking-horse might be a green light for larger box-makers to bring similar products to market (and legally challenge Apple’s OS X End User Licence)… Apple won’t might find itself with no legal leg to stand on.

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