updated 12:45 am EDT, Tue April 15, 2008
Clone maker to fight Apple
The Miami-based Mac clone vendor Psystar says that Apple's restrictive licensing terms violate US antitrust laws and wants to fight the Cupertino-based company in xourt. Psystar's cheap Mac alternative, which hit the Web on Monday and brought down the company's Website, costs about $399, but when run with Mac OS X Leopard represents a direct violation of Apple's end-user license agreement, which forbids third-party installations of Leopard, according to InformationWeek. A Psystar employee told the publication that they believe Apple's terms violate U.S. monopoly laws. "What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?" the employee said. He also claimed that the company would continue sell the OpenMac system, despite the apparent violation of Apple's EULA.
The employee emphasized that "Apple grossly overcharges for the hardware on which its operating systems, including Leopard, come preinstalled, claiming that Apple charges an 80 percent markup on hardware. He also argued that Apple's prohibition against third-party installations may not hold up in court: "What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?" the employee, who only identified himself as "Robert", said in a brief phone interview.
The $400 Mac clone, based around a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics, will be compatible with Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5). The company says it will pre-install the OS and include a special restoration disc, alongside the genuine installation disc.