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Psystar ships Leopard-compatible OpenServs

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Fri June 20, 2008

Psystar OpenServs

Psystar, known mainly for its controversial Mac clone, says it has begun shipping two new servers, both of which have the option of pre-installing Mac OS X Leopard Server. Apple's licensing terms require Leopard to be installed on official hardware; Psystar's OpenServs, however, are unsanctioned and also compatible with server software such as Window Server and Ubuntu.

The OpenServ 1100 uses a 1U mount, and has four drive bays supporting up to 4TB of storage. Up to 16GB of RAM can be added, and processors can include two quad-core Xeons. The 2400 switches to a 2U mount for as much as 6TB of hard drive space. Configurations for the former start at $1,600, while the 2400 costs a minimum of $2,000.

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  1. joshua305

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Misleading Story

    The 1499 price is with Linux, not leopard Server, a larger drive, slower (though more) memory and a slower CPU. The server is sold with a number of Software options including Leopard unlimited for 1025. making the slower, cheaper (and I do mean that in the bad way) server a whole $475 less expensive than X-Serve. Do you think that Pystar is perhaps manipulating the media to drive traffic to their web site in order to sell Linux boxes. I find it hard to believe that the risks involved in the hackintosh approach as applied to a server environment would even
    be worth considering for a 500 dollar savings.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I thought Apple was going to close their asses down months ago...

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    agree with you whole heartedly this time... Apple should be kickin some solid butt this time around.

    Setting up a hackintosh is onething but selling it for profit another altogether.

    Apple get your dang lawyers to s**** these guys.

  1. appleusr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rip off..

    This is no different than their open computer @ 399 only includes OS X installed, you pay 155.00 for the actual install DVD. (no firewire,no wifi or bluetooth. So if you get a computer that is most like the mac mini you pay 750 dollars.Why buy any these? So I can run Mac OS X on a regular pc..whatever buy a mac!

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not worth the "savings" for those who actually need the performance of Apple servers. And the equipment this company is trying to sell as a modern server is so ancient, it include floppy drives (which are not used on Macs for close to 10 years).

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The truly scary part

    is support. I mean is Psystar going to give you solid, quick & professional support when you companies server tanks? I can't even begin to imagine why you would buy this headache, but whatever. Different strokes for different folks. And I do mean 'strokes.'

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Please let me know.

    Please let me know what type of business would buy a server with unsupported software of questionable legality and actually run mission critical processes on it. I need to know so that I can avoid doing business with that company. I sure wouldn't want to be a customer of such an outfit.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i still prefer...

    ...a sweet, rad machine by L Computers International. That Miguel Liebermann is a friggin computing juggernaut. psystar's got nothin' on the original king of vaporware.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Prices

    The real issue isn't Apple's business plan of combined hardware and software solutions, but there insistence on price points that don't satisfy customers, total control over their hardware, created dependence and incompatibility.

    Such as… an expandable Mac that is not a high end enterprise class machine (i.e. Mac Pro) at about $1500.

    A 3.5" hard drive Mac Mini (or AppleTV) (real speedy when it doesn't use a laptop drive) maybe a real video chip too in the mini, for the same price.

    A Macbook that is more college friendly priced (<$800).

    How about an express card slot on iMac for some form of expansion.

    Apple's general disregard of eSATA.

    Batteries that can't be swapped out on its most mobile devices.

    A non-glossy iMac for photographers or designers

    Theses are some constraints that create a lack of options provided by apple that has created the desire for people to look into options that fit their needs. Apple used to provide more expansion options (about 10 years ago)

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