updated 03:45 pm EDT, Mon October 5, 2009
Likely to draw fire from Apple
Mac cloner Psystar has announced a new OEM licensing program, designed to spread the company's virtualization software. Subscribers to the program gain access to the company's Darwin Universal Boot Loader (DUBL), which allows users to install Mac OS X on a PC, instead of just an Apple-branded Mac. Users can in fact have up to six operating systems on a computer, but hardware certified by Psystar must at least have Linux, Windows Vista or Windows 7 pre-installed.
The program is likely to attract extra criticism from Apple, which is already involved in multiple lawsuits relating to Leopard and Snow Leopard. At the heart of concerns is Apple's end-user agreement for Mac OS X, which currently forbids people from installing the software on third-party computers. Psystar accuses Apple of abusing copyright, and has been selling PCs with Mac OS X installed for some time.
The first of the legal disputes, involving Leopard, is set to go to trial on January 10th. Psystar has not published details on the timing or costs of the licensing program.