updated 05:45 pm EDT, Thu October 22, 2009
Software assists DIY Mac clones
Psystar has begun offering its Mac virtualization technology in a software package, Rebel EFI, that allows users to install Snow Leopard on their own PC systems. The utility supports generic Intel hardware based on Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, i7 or Xeon Nehalem CPUs. The Darwin boot loader can also be used to load Linux and Windows XP, Vista or 7.
It remains unclear what effect the latest offering will have on the clone maker's ongoing legal battle with Apple. The dispute has branched into multiple lawsuits, with Apple accusing Psystar of violating the Mac OS X EULA. Psystar's legal team argues that Apple has abused the copyright protection in an attempt to inflate hardware prices.
Rebel EFI is currently available for an introductory price of $50, while a trial version can also be downloaded. Customers must purchase each operating system separately.