Cheap Mac clone draws angry response

by admin April 17, 2008 at 8:40 pm

A Florida-based firm advertising cheap, Mac-compatible systems running on standardised hardware has created a swirl of controversy this week — and drawn an angry response from one of the principal hackers involved in developing the software involved.

Aside from the legal ramifications of selling “white-box” systems running Apple’s Mac OS X, questions have arisen over the exact nature of Psystar, the firm advertising the systems; and even whether it exists.

As of Thursday afternoon, Psystar appears to be a small operation that has only recently established a web presence, and which is struggling to cope with the sudden interest aroused by its Mac clone. The product’s name has changed over the past week, from Open Mac to Open Computer. Moreover, the company’s postal address has changed several times over the past week.

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