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. Psystar started life in less than a garage with reverse-engineered, home-brewed, semi-legal EFI code.

    What is stopping 1000 other home-based system builders copying that disk image and burning their own Leopard systems, selling them with a shrink-wrapped copy of Leopard? Nothing. And Psystar can’t even sue them since their code is of questionable legal status already.

    Would our opinions on Psystar change if there were even 10 companies doing this?

  2. Mac OS X 10.5.3 is being tweeked right now to kill the clones. That’s why it hasn’t been released yet.

    Psystar has done the “franken-Mac community” a great disservice. Before, Apple was ignoring the relatively small number of people hacking Mac OS X to work on generic hardware. Now, Apple will actively work to make each update break previously successful hacks.

  3. He! He! You’ll see arriving the news Mac minitower within few weeks… and disapears the Psystar… Could even be Psystar is Apple’s invention, to grab a good marketing basis to have the best estimates of who, what and how much to manufacture… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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