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Psystar ships Snow Leopard clones, circumvents new tech

updated 09:15 pm EDT, Tue September 8, 2009

Unauthorized Snow Leopard clones already on market

Psystar has already circumvented Apple's latest copyright-protection methods utilized in the Snow Leopard update. The clone maker is currently shipping its Open Computer systems with the new operating system, despite the ongoing legal battle between both companies.

A second lawsuit was recently filed by Psystar, with fresh accusations centering around Snow Leopard. Attorneys argue that Apple illegally links the operating system to its hardware, leading to a monopoly of the market for premium computers.

Although the latest filing is similar to Psystar's initial case, the company claims Apple is utilizing new technology to prevent use on generic hardware. The clone maker is seeking damages and changes to the software EULA, along with the removal of code designed to prevent compatibility with PCs.

"We have developed new virtualization technologies to allow our Open Computers to interface with the all new Mac OS X like never before, ensuring a seamless computing experience," Psystar said on its blog.

Despite the Snow Leopard support on the new clones, Psystar warns owners of older systems to avoid the upgrade to prevent loss of data or damage to the computer. The company will soon release information regarding upgrades for prior purchases. [via InformationWeek]




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  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Unconscionable

    Pedraza declares it, so it must be true! Wouldn't it be great if someone "ripped off" his technologies?

    I think he has a plan B in case he loses... he won't be able to find ANY records anywhere, at any time.

    A leech. Why doesn't eh invent his own PREMIUM OS? Oh that's right, it's easier to steal someone else's. How wonder how many PC fanboys are buy his computers because they really like the Apple "experience" but not Apple. They'll get toast with no jam.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Sorry, but ...

    ... seriously, who in their right mind is dumb enough to buy one of these things for anything other than collector value?

    Once this lawsuit is over (and Apple will win it, eagerly accepting bets from suckers who think otherwise), the machines will either be ordered destroyed or wiped, and the few remaining actually sold ones (I should think sales figures would make the Zune look like a hit) become curios. I suppose if the closet that's holding your Outbound is getting lonely, maybe a nice Psystar will keep it company, but apart from that ...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    balls

    they got 'em

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    Nothing wrong with them

    People seem to forget our country operates on an open market system. If Apple can provide a product that is superior, then they will do better than another company that puts together a product of lesser quality, plain and simple.

    People have shown that they will pay more for Apple's products. The few folks that buy Psystar's computers would very likely never buy a Mac anyway, so the argument that Apple is losing "potential profits/sales" is nonsense. People are not stupid, they know the difference, and will pay for the better product....even in a recession.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: Nothing wrong...

    People have shown that they will pay more for Apple's products.

    Not ALL people. Some people. Apple has decided to price themselves into a specific market. The fact that Apple 'only' has it's current market share (what is it now, 10%?) shows there's 90% of the people who won't pay more for Apple's products.

    The few folks that buy Psystar's computers would very likely never buy a Mac anyway, so the argument that Apple is losing "potential profits/sales" is nonsense.

    I seriously doubt that. My guess would be they sell mostly to Mac users, as they'd be the ones who'd know how to work around the OS issues that occur with these machines, not the Windows users looking for a Mac OS-running machine.

    People are not stupid, they know the difference, and will pay for the better product....even in a recession.

    And yet everyone knows that clones nearly destroyed Apple in the 90s, mainly because everyone was buying the 'cheap' computer and not forking over money for the 'better' computer. You seriously think if Dell started selling PCs that could run OS X that the non-fanboys wouldn't seriously consider buying the Dell?

  1. LEStudios

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    The Need to Be Put to Sleep

    They have no common sense personal nor business and definitely does nothing to contribute to society.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Clone Wars

    Good point on how clones pretty much destroyed Apple's business - the key difference, of course, is that they were officially supported machines - that makes a big difference to the purchaser - but it would be fairly easy for a clone manufacturer to take a lot of Apple's profits by making a far more 'standard' product.

    Equally, if the argument was that people will pay for a better product, then there should be a far higher 'premium' market for Windows machines in the MacBook spec class. They do exist, but they're a small niche - and only some of that is because people are getting Macs and dual-booting.

    I'm intrigued on Psystar's new claim of a monopoly on the 'premium computer' market - I wasn't aware that you could claim monopolies in sub-markets.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Put 'em away

    C'mon Apple, bury these scumbags.

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