Erstwhile ‘Mac cloner’ Psystar pulls plug; ‘shutting things down immediately’

Black Friday Apple Blowout VI“Psystar Corp. is in the process of closing down its operations, a move that follows a court decision earlier in the week barring it from selling products already found to have violated Apple Inc. copyrights,” Ben Charny reports for Dow Jones

“The Doral, Fla.-based computer maker, which made machines that run Apple’s popular Macintosh operating system, intends to fire its eight employees, company attorney Eugene Action told Dow Jones Newswires on Thursday,” Charny reports. “Psystar President Rudy Pedraza will then be ‘shutting things down immediately,’ Action said. ‘They will not be in business.’

Charny reports, “Action said Psystar intends to appeal the recent decision. ‘We respect the robe,’ Action said, referring to U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who issued the ruling.”

Charny reports, “Late Thursday, Psystar’s Web site was inaccessible.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What we wrote in our very first Psystar report on April 14, 2008: “Expect Psystar’s Mac mini shoved into a fugly ATX PC tower case, er… ‘OpenMac,’ to be shut down quicker than a Windows-powered Navy destroyer.”

For the U.S. court system, we consider 20 months to be “quick.”

55 Comments

  1. Now all the 786 idiots that actually purchased one of these PC boxes finally get the value that they deserved for supporting such a gun blazing company. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Now that Apple doesn’t depend only on Macs anymore, it should make the OS accessible to everyone and bring Microsoft to it’s knees. The PC market is desperately thirsty for a second option.

  3. I wonder how much market share apple will need before their vertical integration becomes anticompetitive. If MSFT had only 10% OS market share, I doubt anyone would have cared that they were bundling IE. How long can Apple be successful before the FTC messes up their business model?

  4. Josh,
    Regular PCs don’t need a second option. Consumers need to choose the smart option – a Mac. And if they just can’t bring themselves to do it, that’s their own fault. Chrome OS is coming next year… they can have that.

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