updated 11:15 am EDT, Mon August 25, 2008
Open Tech up for sale
Despite having been in operation for just three weeks, a company specializing in Mac clones is already putting itself up for sale, according to a website notice. Open Tech says it is now willing to sell the entire company, including branding, trade secrets and website, for a price of just $50,000. This amount can even be paid via PayPal, an extremely unusual move in the business world.
Both the sale value and use of PayPal may suggest that the company was in fact a small-time personal venture, or even that it had no genuine, long-term intentions. A July investigation revealed that no proper traceroute could be done on the Open Tech website, the trail having been cut off somewhere in the Netherlands.
Open Tech distinguished itself from its legally-challenged rival, Psystar, by promising it would not install Mac OS X Leopard directly to a PC, a violation of Apple's licensing agreement. It instead promised to provide a kit which would allow the installation of any major operating system, requiring some manual work on the part of buyers.