toggle

AAPL Stock: 94.67 ( + 0.73 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Mac clone maker to open storefront in LA

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Fri May 29, 2009

Clone maker to open store

A company from California, Quo, has outlined plans to sell Mac clones from a Los Angeles storefront, according to CNET News. The brick-and-mortar location sets the operation apart from other clone makers that rely solely on sales from the Internet. The owners are reportedly aware of the potential legal troubles their endeavor is likely to bring.

"It's exciting. We are trying to stay as close to Apple as we can with our products," said Rashantha De Silva, founder of Quo. "We are trying to mimic things as much as we can. I'm hoping that Apple sees the value in what we are doing."

Although De Silva aims to be different from other clone makers, the company is essentially running the same type of business that Apple's lawyers have been known to target. The systems will be sold with Mac OS X preinstalled, in violation of the end-user license agreement (EULA) that forbids the software from being run on equipment not produced by Apple.

"They probably will (sue us)," De Silva admitted. "There are others doing this, but we have a different attitude." The founder claims that a focus on quality products and support could give Quo a better chance of surviving.

Apple is currently involved in an ongoing battle with Psystar, a Florida-based clone maker that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month. Apple accuses the company of violating the EULA terms and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), although Psystar filed a countersuit claiming anticompetitive business practices and an excessively broad interpretation of the copyrights.

RussianMac, a clone maker based in Russia, is confident that it will avoid legal trouble. The company only sells systems within Russia and could be relying on protection from its home country as long as it does not ship to other markets.

A German company, HyperMegaNet, claims it is shielded from potential lawsuits. German law allegedly prohibits the copyright restrictions from being imposed after the sale, a technicality that could serve as the basis for legal defense.

Quo plans on having its website and store open on June 1st. Three desktop systems, the Life Q, Pro Q, and Max Q, will be available initially.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    suckers for punishment

    You have got to be kidding me " I'm hoping that Apple sees the value in what we are doing." Just package that w**** of an OS Windows, she'll work on any crappy piece of hardware.

    Comment buried. Show
  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -26

    Good for them

    Apple, are you awake? We demand you lower your profit margin and give us reasonably priced hardware and software.

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Unclear on the Concept

    Quo is obviously not aware why Psystar is being sued. This ridiculous sense of entitlement some people have never ceases to amaze me. So Apple creates an OS and you like it, so you figure you have the "divine right" to install it on any hardware you want?

    By whose authority? God? The flying spaghetti monster? Apple created it, has patents on it and has a EULA for its usage. You don't have the right to do jack squat with it besides install it on a Mac.

    And yes, Quo will get sued until they go bankrupt, just like Psystar.

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Unclear on the Concept

    Quo is obviously not aware why Psystar is being sued. This ridiculous sense of entitlement some people have never ceases to amaze me. So Apple creates an OS and you like it, so you figure you have the "divine right" to install it on any hardware you want?

    By whose authority? God? The flying spaghetti monster? Apple created it, has patents on it and has a EULA for its usage. You don't have the right to do jack squat with it besides install it on a Mac.

    And yes, Quo will get sued until they go bankrupt, just like Psystar.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    SUckers is right

    Why would ANYONE want to purchase from idiots like these? If they are this stupid how bright can they be about anything else?

    And for that yoyo who says "Apple, are you listening?" The question is, "Why not go over to the PC side and bug them?" Right now Apple's profit margins are keeping them going while Dell's "competitiveness" with its PC neighbors is taking it in the shorts. Down 60 some percent in sales while Apple keeps selling computers... Buddy, don't go into business for yourself, you have no clue.

    PT Barnum was right... every minute.

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Hackintosh is for fun

    but not for serious use. I just have installed OS X on a Dell Inspiron at behest of my friend as he wanted to try OS X. He is a windows guy. However we did manage installing everything and made the laptop chug along. Now this is all after 5 reinstalls and playing with kext etc. Not to speak that when you update your OS, you pray.

    Technically, I enjoyed every bit of hacking into the system and make it work on a non native hardware. Will I recommend this to others. No. NO and NO. Simple reason, the pleasure of running Mac OS X is on Apple hardware. the quality of the Apple systems make a lot of difference.

    I have a MacBook and a MacBookPro. the keyboard layouts on these are so natural that I do not have to look at the keys when typing. On Dell Hack Laptop, I am constantly looking for the keys as they are not placed in a standard way. the keys are off to the left which makes typing the QAZ alphabets difficult. Not to speak of tab or left shift etc.

    then comes the overall experience. No I do not recommend it even to a technically superior person.

    Play with it for fun but please if you want to get the feel of the real get the Real McCoy.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    Hope and Change...

    Sad thing is that I'll bet the liberal courts in California (part of the liberal government that the likes of Jobs supports) will eventually end up ruling against Apple in the "little guy's" favor. Playing the victim seems to work with those bozos.

    First Greenpeace with their tripe, next mac "victims" and violation of their "right" to have whatever they want.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    hope and

    oh dear. what a broad stroke rant.
    manley ol boy, that is so ridiculous that i'm going to do you a favor and simply let it stand on it's own. further comment is not required.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Express HD

    They should have gone the ExpressHD route and sold PCs with the EFI-X module. They're completely legit and doesn't require hacking up the OS to get it to work. Plus, its then on the consumer to install OS X. So completely free and clear of liability (which is probably why they've NOT been sued for selling mac clones).

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    change

    And yet, it's so true nat.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Razer Kraken Pro headset

Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers ...

Patriot Aero Wireless Mobile Drive

Regardless of how large a tablet you buy, you always want more space. There's always one more movie or another album you'd cram on, ...

Patriot Fuel+ 6000 and 9000mAh batteries

Mobile device batteries are better than they used to be, but there's always a scenario where users could use more juice. Upgrade manu ...

toggle

Most Commented