updated 04:30 pm EDT, Tue May 6, 2008
Mac-clone maker on eBay
Psystar's flagrant disregard of Apple's licensing agreement has opened the proverbial floodgates for individuals selling non-Apple Mac OS X systems, with a seller by the name of "chris555" offering $550 clones of his own design. AppleInsider reveals that the individual has configured a similar setup to that of Psystar, with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, 250GB hard drive, a 20X DVD burner, and an Intel GMA 950 graphics card.
The system reportedly runs a genuine copy of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and "chris555" has built two such systems, which are available on eBay.
Apple has remained silent in regards to Psystar, which is unusual for a company that is typically quick to slap down unofficial products which offer vast similarities to those that it makes. Apple's silence could relate to the perception that refusing to allow an operating system to run on hardware of a user's choice constitutes antitrust behavior. Precedent was set in the matter by the US Circuit Court of Appeals in 1984, while the US Supreme Court allegedly refuses to review the case.