Hands-on with ‘Mac Cloner’ Psystar’s Open Computer running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2

“I’m writing this post on Psystar’s Open Computer running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2,” Tom Krazit reports or CNET.

“The Open Computer arrived Wednesday, and I spent some time this morning setting it up. The plan for now is to use it as my main work system (at least while I’m in the office) for about a week and see how it goes,” Krazit reports.

“For one, the fan is much, much quieter than I had expected based on the early reports,” Krazit reports. “The latest batch of Open Computers were shipping with a new fan. I’ve had the system running on my desk right next to my keyboard all morning, and the noise coming from the fan hasn’t been that bad at all.”

Krazit reports, “The noise from the CD-ROM drive, however, is deafening.”

“Software Update, as we already knew, was disabled by Psystar before the machine left the factory, so I’m stuck on 10.5.2 indefinitely,” Krazit reports. “This isn’t the prettiest machine I’ve ever used, but it works.”

Full article here.


  1. Apparently the entire tech journalism world is far too trusting.

    I’m still waiting in vain for someone to check closely what’s under the hood, to make sure Psystar’s custom OS X installation (which can’t be updated via Software Update) has any hidden processes or edited components designed to participate in identity theft, spam botnets, etc.

    I suppose they’re too blinded by “Wow! I can has OS ecks cheep!” to think to ask if Psystar has ulterior motives in all of this (beyond the obvious).

  2. Factory?

    I think it might be a bit much to say that this computer left, as my trusty dashboard widget dictionary states is “a building or group of buildings where goods are manufactured or assembled chiefly by machine.”

    Unless, of course, two or three college dropouts in one their parents’ basements counts . . .

    I may be wrong, but I think this outfit is getting much more credit for being a real business than is deserved.

  3. In 5 years my iMac will be running MacOS 12.4.3 or something higher and Mr. Krazit will be running OSX 10.5.2. Oh no! He won’t, because that boat anchor he’s playing with will crap out within a few months. There are so many maroons around.

    Actually someone else will have my Mac and I’ll have the latest.

  4. Shutting off the Software Update function does not mean the system can’t be updated, just that it is much harder to update. Not automatic = not EASY = HARDER.
    That said … so WHAT? It’s a good price, and that’s about it. My wife’s iMac sits before me in its silent glory, “just working”. I just got back from earning pocket change teaching a playwright how to create a sound-effects disc for her latest play – including using GarageBand to turn “beep-beep” into “beep-beep … beep-beep beep-beep”. “Amazing”, said she. “No sweat”, said I.

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