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Psystar touts Blu-ray, faster GPU on new Mac clones

updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed October 29, 2008

New Psystar Mac clones

Psystar has issued a defiant announcement regarding its Mac clones, claiming an advantage over Apple's own computers. The company says it is now shipping Mac OS X-ready PCs with both Blu-ray drives and GeForce 9800GT video cards, neither of which are available as an option on any official Macs. Psystar is particularly critical of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' comments during the recent MacBook launch, which described the Blu-ray format as "a bag of hurt."

"Blu-ray has already won the format war," reads a statement issued by Psystar president Rudy Pedraza. "Not only is there fully functional and mature support for Blu-ray in other operating systems but you can now rent Blu-ray discs from almost any rental chain. Blu-ray has become pervasive technology that is being widely adopted by consumers everywhere." Pedraza further observes that Blu-ray burning is useful in backup or archival, since even a single-layer Blu-ray disc is capable of holding 25GB.

It is unknown how long Psystar may be able to keep selling clones with the hardware, however, as it is currently embroiled in lawsuits with Apple over the legality of using Mac OS X. Apple alleges that Psystar's Open Computer is a violation of Mac OS X Leopard's license agreement, which stipulates that the OS can only be installed on authorized first-party systems. In a countersuit, Psystar has accused Apple of maintaining a monopoly on Mac sales, thereby inflating prices and discouraging competition. Recently, Psystar attorney Colby Springer denied the possibility of an out-of-court settlement.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Blu-Ray and 9800GT FTW!!!!

    By the way, those Psystars ALSO have FIREWIRE.

    No firewire = EPICFAIL, Apple.


  1. QualleyIV

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: SWEET!

    First, anyone who actually uses "EPICFAIL" and "FTW" in serious post is most likely not someone who would actually purchase a mac in the first place (most 12 year-olds just don't have that kind of money). Second, if you actually bothered to look at the Psystar site, you might notice that the only notebook they have is in the "planning" stage. And, if you bothered to look at Apple's site, you would find that every one of their desktop machines HAS firewire (as does the MacBook Pro).

    But, that idiocy aside, what's with this moron at Psystar? Apple already sued you and you now want to take some jabs at Steve Jobs? What a mistake. If there was any chance that Psystar was going to be left standing before this lawsuit, I think that just went up in smoke. I hope you made a lot of money idiots, because you're going to need it to pay those legal bills. Oh, and BTW, Apple's not hurting for cash, so I guess you better hope you've got $25 bil. in the bank to go to war...

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    go ahead Timmy. the Bear is already hungry.. but yea.. go a head and poke him with a stick and see what happens.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wonder what would happen if you were to insert the newly-released Blu-ray disc of Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty into this Scheisster/Psystar drive. How would it play? It wouldn't! As for the FireWire, these are desktop machines, yet the FireWire card has no power!!!

    Psystar is behaving in an incredibly arogant way. They are clearly begging to lose these lawsuits.

    There is no logic, nor reason, by which these crooks could possibly win either of these suits.

    And to paraphrase our guest here: "Unpowered FireWire (on desktop, no less) = EPICFAIL, Scheisster!"

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969




    For your information I have both a Mac Pro and a 12" Powerbook. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, moron.


  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wonder if Psytar stole

    I wonder if Psystar stole blu-ray without licensing it too.
    Why not, its there position that everyone has a monopoly just because they don't have one so that gives them the right to steal and make money from everyone else's ideas and products without paying for them.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You don't need to "steal" blu-ray to include a Blu-Ray drive. You don't need to license it or anything. Include the drive, be done with it.

    And it will work as a data medium. And if you install an operating system in there with Blu-Ray support, it will play video. Its just that OS X doesn't have that capability built-in (mainly because it would interfere with Apple's iTMS video business).

    And Guest, you might have a Mac Pro and a 12" powerbook, that doesn't make your "EPICFAIL" postings childish, moronic, and just plain annoying.

    And trust me, I know childish, moronic, and just plain annoying!

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The idea of clones

    is not a necessarily a bad one.. I don't know if any of you here were around during the early ppc days (601, 603(e), 604(e) etc.. but we had among others Daystar, PowerComputing, Radius, and UMAX building fully functional Mac systems and some of them were quite good. Back then, the mac market as a whole was probably not large enough to support multiple hardware co's - and I understand the quality=control issue and why Jobs killed it when he came back, but at this point I wouldn't mind seeing some new hardware.

    Now, that being said, Psystar isn't getting any of my money - I think there are other companies out there that could represent quite well though..

    Always question the status quo, that's the only way progress is made.

    p.s. I still think Apple should have maintained PowerComputing after the buy out and competed against themselves, I miss their ads.

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's the blu-ray licensing that Jobs described as a bag of hurt. Not the blu ray format itself. You can get a BR burner from newegg and use it on your Mac with Toast, it'll work fine.

    Apparently Psystar agrees with Jobs about BR licensing being a big bag of hurt, because they didn't license it either. You can't play BR movies on a Psystar machine any more than you can on a Mac.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: licensing

    Well, you can probably play it on a psystar, if you install windows on it. Psystar wouldn't need to license anything unless they wanted to make their own player, and they're a hardware maker, not software.

    Its the software makers (like Apple, who would have to add the support to OS X) that need to license anything.

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