updated 05:55 pm EDT, Fri August 29, 2008
Apple is a Mac monopoly
In the ongoing Psystar-Apple legal drama, the clone manufacturer alleges that Apple holds a monopoly over the Mac OS hardware/software platform that artificially inflates the price of its equipment. ComputerWorld reports that Psystar is upset about kernel panics that Apple has purposefully strewn about the Mac OS to prevent it from being used on non-Apple hardware. These errors are usually reserved for when OS X experiences a fatal error.
"The Mac OS market is distinct and unique as compared to other operating systems ... including but not limited to the Windows operating system," said Psystar. "As such, Psystar alleges that the Windows operating system is not and cannot be considered an effective substitute for the Mac OS; the same holds true for any other operating system."
Psystar hopes that by barring Apple from placing restrictions on how its operating system can be used, the resulting competition will force the iPod manufacturer to drop its pricing