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A company called Psystar has started advertising a $399 computer called "OpenMac" which claims to be a Leopard compatible Mac built from standard PC-parts. For $399, you get a tower computer with the following specs:

- 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 2GB of DDR2 667 memory
- Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics
- 20x DVD+/-R Drive
- 4 USB Ports
- 250GB 7200RPM Drive

Many of the components can be upgraded, however. For example, the graphics card can be updated to a GeForce 8600GT 512MB for $155 more.

Psystar is marketing this as a cheaper and more expandable alternative to a true Apple Mac.
When comparing base configurations, the Mac Mini costs 150% of the price of the OpenMac while offering poorer performance, smaller storage space, and RAM. Not only that but the Mac Mini doesn't have the option for an nVidia GeForce 8600 video card like the OpenMac does so playing games on it is a lost cause.


The company claims that the machine is Leopard compatible with some "minimal patching" but does offer Leopard pre-installed. This is reportedly accomplished by using parts that are known to be compatible with Mac OS X Leopard, as well as the use of an EFI emulator.
With the EFI V8 emulator it is possible to install Leopard's kernel straight from the DVD that you purchased at the Apple store barring the addition of a few drivers to ensure that everything boots and runs smoothly.

Readers should note that these claims have not been independently verified, so this should not seen as an endorsement of this product. However, the technology appears to be derived from the osx86project, which has allowed hobbyists to install Mac OS X on their non-Apple PCs.

The concept is an interesting possibility, and will certainly draw the attention of Apple. The use of Leopard on non Apple-branded hardware is a violation of its End User License Agreement (EULA) and is specifically prohibited.

An end to overpriced macs?
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well, maybe now the mac lovers can convince me that macs are better than PC
    
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This'll be stopped by apple if it gains momentum.
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Apple has ways of getting what they want.

This company will be shutdown if they get anywhere.

The way they get shutdown will probably be more exciting than what they actually do.

*cough*Applethrowingninjas*cough*
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I smell a lawsuit
    
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post #6 of 15
Never ever going to happen.

Apple is a hardware company, not a software one, they will not sell their OS.
    
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If Apple let this happen, they would boom but I don't think Apple is open to losing TONS of profit...
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post #8 of 15
Note to Apple:

Start charging a little bit more for your OS, and let this happen. Gaining a foothold in the enthusiast community would be great for sales.

Personally, I like this idea - I'd be much more open to seeing some real "enthusiast-level" abilities to build, but that's not going to happen until EFI/UEFI really takes off.
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post #9 of 15
I called it.

The site has been taken down.

Also, the INQ has some good analysis of the situation

Apple is a niche company, just like how Cisco will never release their firmware for other routers.

They have said it many many times since they released systems with the Intel chips, they will never allow their OS to be sold separately.

Lets just put it this way, if they won't allow a city to use the symbol that has represented that city for decades, do you really think they will allow another company to use their software?

They really can't offer their software on anything else, that would mean tons more drivers, more issues, lets just put it this way, this would make Vista drivers issues (or no issues depending on who you talk to) seem like nothing.
    
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LOL Apple will destroy this. This just proves to the public how much they rip everyone off....
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