Would-be ‘Mac cloner’ Psystar ‘happily’ agrees to Mac OS X injunction

“Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar traded barbs last week in federal court as they simultaneously asked a judge to end the case that began more than 15 months ago,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“Florida-based Psystar took the unusual step of conceding to an injunction, saying that it would agree to stop using Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, on the machines it sells,” Keizer reports.

“The two companies have been battling since July 2008, when Apple sued Psystar over the latter’s practice of installing Apple’s Mac OS X operating system on generic Intel-based computers,” Keizer reports.

“Psystar said it would agree to an injunction preventing it from using Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard. ‘Psystar will happily submit to an appropriately tailored injunction … limited to Psystar’s allegedly illegal activities involving OS X Leopard, since it is only OS X Leopard that this case concerns. Since neither Psystar nor Apple sells OS X Leopard any longer, it is no great burden for Psystar to agree to such an injunction,’ its lawyers said in the competing Psystar motion,” Keizer reports. “That concession, however, is meaningless, since as Psystar noted, it now sells Mac OS X 10.6, or Snow Leopard, with its computers.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: When all is said and done, the amount of bad karma amassed by these illiterate wiseasses at Psystar and their unprofessional amateur-hour “legal team” will be enough to blow a hole in Florida bigger than Okeechobee. Lake Psystar is bound to be filed with raw sewage, no doubt.


  1. OK, who would fund this silly-season nonsense? Either Gates is just trying to mess w/Jobs and bug him, or Soros has too much time on his hands and this is his idea of a joke. In either case, U.S. federal courts are allowing others to waste their time and our tax dollars.

  2. Groklaw has an interesting take that Psystar’s case is more an attack on FOSS (open source software) than on Apple. I really wish we could follow the money—that would answer a great many questions.

  3. @ Palmer – Not necessarily. Microsoft knows their business model is unsustainable without a monopoly position. If they can make it legal for OS X to be installed on cheapo POS crap from Dell and others, Apple would have a very difficult time keeping OS X development profitable under such an onslaught.

    Of course, Apple would most likely turn towards some other approach to OS updates aside from purchasing a boxed disc from a store shelf (online only purchases, perhaps, tied to a known valid license per Mac), though almost anything they do would be decried by the Usual Suspects as “too closed”.

    So it’d be a risky gambit for Microsoft to take, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean they’re not at least partially involved. Particularly with Groklaw’s thoughts that the Psystar case also involves an attack on FOSS licensing.

  4. All Psystar has to do is stop including OS X with their machines. Make the user buy their own copy of OS X (or Windows or some other form of Unix)
    Most people looking for a cheep bargain would know how to install the OS on their own.

    The rest can install Windows.

  5. I can see this as just a neverending story.

    Next the trial will start on Apple vs Psystar for 10.6 all the while Psystar continues to sell 10.6 during the time leading to trial.

    by the time the trial gets close, OS 10.7 will be released and Psystar will “happily” agree to injunction to stop selling 10.6

    Psystar is doing this on purpose and wasting everyones time, but who’s money?

  6. @Do Not Understand, gRen, and EdwardD20,

    Snow Leopard can be installed on any supported Mac even if you don’t buy the $169 package. Buy the $29 version and install it over Tiger, Panther, whatever. The $169 version is no different than the $29 version. Apple never really enforces those things – witness Leopard running on my vastly unsupported 450 MHz. G4 Cube.

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