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Apple cloner switches to Linux

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Wed Dec 30 2009, 11:22

THE DODGY UPSTART that made a name for itself flogging Apple clones has abandoned the practice in favour of the safer practice of making Linux boxes instead.

The fact that Jobs' Mob sued Psystar into a coma was probably the main motivation for its sudden change of business model.

Just before Christmas, Psystar indefinitely suspended sales of its only product, a $50 utility called Rebel EFI that let customers install Apple's Snow Leopard operating system on generic Intel-based computers. It said sales of Rebel EFI were "voluntarily suspended" while the company sought clarification from the courts about whether the software is legal.

However Psystar's new Linux boxes are clearly aimed at punters who want to install Snow Leopard rather than actually use Linux. All the components are tuned to work with Mac OS X using either Apple's own drivers or open source drivers. The company said, "This makes it easier to get up and running with your favorite XNU based operating system, including Pure Darwin."

Of course if the courts let the outfit sell Rebel EFI then Psystar will probably include a copy of that along with each Linux machine. This will save poor Apple fanboys the trouble of trying to work out how to run a proper computer.

But then again, they might require counselling to cope with the concept of not having to pay an arm and a leg for it. µ


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