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Psystar to shut down [U]

updated 01:45 pm EST, Fri December 18, 2009

Mac cloner Psystar sees no reason to be

(Updated with countering statement) Mac clone builder Psystar on Friday said it was shutting down. The Florida-based company's president Rudy Pedraza said the shutdown would take effect "immediately." All eight employees of the small company have been dismissed, and the company's website is no longer functioning.

It's not expected that buyers of the clones, which included a handful of desktops based on off-the-shelf PC parts, will receive any future support.

The closure was all but necessary as a Northern District of California court judge this week issued a permanent injunction banning sales of Mac clones, gutting Psystar's core business. It had tried separately offering Rebel EFI software that would let many PCs emulate a Mac's native firmware, but the end of the company likely ends the hardware-independent effort as well.

Psystar had launched only in 2008 and pitched itself as dismantling an Apple "monopoly" on where and how Mac OS X could be installed, running hacked firmware to put the software on PCs that were often plainer but less expensive than Macs. It had tried to defend itself by claiming that Apple violated antitrust principles but was both unable to persuade judges or to use bankruptcy to delay proceedings.

Update: Another attorney representing Psystar now claims that the statements aren't accurate and that the company will resume business.

by MacNN Staff



  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ah hahahahahah ahaha hahahh!

    What a nice little christmas surprise.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    But what of all their loyal customers. Who's going to support them???

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    But what of all their loyal customers. Who's going to support them???

    Well, Testudo, since you are a pretty strident Apple hater, maybe you could support them? After helping them you could fill their heads with your anti-Apple propaganda, and blame Apple for their predicament. You could even charge them for your time if you like.

  1. VinitaBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There IS justice in the USA after all! And don't worry Testudo: Both of PissStar's customers will be just fine hacking their mothers' Macs and salvaging whatever parts they can.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what about support for all the other OS's

    if you looked you had to ship your computer to them to get any support. which means you weren't likely to. this is half of why they don't have the sales to carry on without the Mac Clones. the wintel prices were no better that the no names you can pick up at Best Buy.

    oh and that 'hardware independent' business. that was in the injunction as well. Rebel EFI can not be sold, given away or installed because it is a violation of DMCA.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Champagne's on me guys!

  1. HobbesDoo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ohhh poor employee

    I'm not sorry for anybody that lost their illegal jobs. Work for a legit company and you won't have a problem. Support a shady business model and I have no pity for you.

    Support is on the same boat. If you bought a product that is so far from being legit or legal, then you deserve no support at all. Put Linux on your cheap box and be done with it.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Really? You don't say!!

    Guess Dumb and Dumber had their last laugh; on them LOLOOLLLLLLLLLLL!!

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  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fanboys unite

    And now all the Apple fanboys will rejoice and see this as the best thing since sliced bread. Apple should open up the OS to and PC. Simple fact is many folks will not spend the cash for a new computer, much less a new mac. Apple need not provide support for these folks...let the other hardware manufacturers make drivers for their hardware.

    Typing this from my 13" Macbook Pro with my iPhone next to me.

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And on the last night of Hanukkah I get my WISH!

    Thank you, Northern District of California you made me a believer again in the court system.

    Oh, BTW...I'm typing this post on my DELL Mini9 running OSX 10.6 loaded without any help from Psystar


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