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Psystar Rebel EFI runs Snow Leopard on any PC

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What they should have done

    They should have done this from the off - I can't see a legal defense against this, as a product, provided they didn't violate the DMCA to do it i.e. the software can't modify the Apple kext, as that would be circumventing a copy protection measure, but provided it works by appearing to be a compatible system I can't see a legal argument against it.

    (The question is whether, like earlier, they have used any GPL code from the OSx86 project and close source it).

    I remember Mac compatibility boards for the Atari ST were perfectly legal - provided they didn't ship them with Apple ROMs, and you sourced the Apple ROM yourself, Apple couldn't stop the sale of the product.

    The consequence, however, was that they clamped down on ROM sales to repair shops / froze out people caught reselling.

    And we're seeing the start of that here (the only way to buy a legal full install of Snow Leopard is as part of the expensive Box Set - although we know the upgrade disk is a full install, and a lot of people buying this will not be concerned about running a legal copy of the OS).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I love...

    how MS got killed for not licensing certain versions of Windows to work in a virtualized environment, yet Apple gets a pass for not allowing it. What's even funnier is that the OS X license says you can only run it on Apple-labeled hardware, but you aren't allowed to even run a copy of OS X within VMWare on a Mac. Server only.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    But according to the web site, Psystar is not liable for any data loss due to the installation of this product.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shut 'em down

    C'mon Steve...put these asswipes out of business.

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