Today in Apple history: Psystar’s clone Macs go rogue

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After a battle with Apple over Mac clones, this T-shirt is all Psystar will be selling.
After a battle with Apple over Mac clones, this T-shirt is all Psystar will be selling.
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April 27: Today in Apple history: Psystar clone Macs go rogue April 27, 2008: Psystar’s first Mac clones ship to customers. The new Open Computer means that, for the first time since the mid-1990s, there’s no need to assemble a “hackintosh” to run OS X on a non-Apple computer.

Unlike the last clone Macs, however, these low-priced computers don’t come with Cupertino’s blessing. Naturally, a fight ensues.

Quo’s Unveils Liquid and Copper Plate Cooled System That Simply Begs To Be Hackintoshed

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Those unconventional iconoclasts at Psystar might have been ground down to a gelatin paste by Apple’s legal team, but that’s not to say you can’t have a business selling Mac clones… as long as you don’t sell them with OS X pre-installed.

Just ask the guys at Quo Computers, “Apple enthusiasts who breathe and bleed Mac OS X” who have just announced their latest hackintosh: a truly ghastly tower called the maxQ2 with beefy hardware placing it somewhere between the performance of a high-end iMac and the Mac Pro.

Inside the chassis, the Q2 features an Intel Core i7 3.6GHz CPU, 12GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD, a 1TB hard drive and an NVIDIA 285 GTX GPU. The real appeal here, though, is the addition of Aestek’s liquid / copper cold plate cooling system, which will keep the innards frosty regardless of what you throw at it.

The maxQ2 will run Windows, OS X or Linux through EFI support… although Quo isn’t stupid enough to install OS X on it for you themselves. The Quo maxG2 starts at $3,675, and if you’re willing to trade aesthetic for horsepower while breaking OS X’s EULA in the process, it seems like an option worth considering.

Psystar lawyers confirm, deny that Psystar is dead

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According to Judge WIlliam Alsup’s ruling against the notorious Mac clone makers, Psystar has until December 31st to comply with a permanent injunction against the company from selling computers that have been modified to run Apple’s OS X operating system. But will Psystar come back from the dead?

There’s conflicting reports coming out from both Apple and Psystar’s camps concerning the fate of the Florida computer retailer. Psystar attorner Eugene Action was recently quoted by the Dow Jones Newswire as saying that “[Psystar] will not be in business” and that the company would be “shutting down immediately” by laying off their eight employees.

That seems pretty clear cut, but now K.A.D. Camara, who also represented Psystar in their legal battle against Apple, is saying the opposite: “Regrettably, Mr. Action was misquoted in an early story that seems to have been picked up elsewhere,” he said. “Psystar does not intend to shut down permanently.”

It’s hard to imagine how the tiny little company, already $2.7MM in the hole after having to pay Apple damages, will manage to survive: they aren’t known for anything besides their Open Mac computers, and they only ever successfully sold a handful of them. My guess this is just a blanket denial to keep options open, and the reality is more likely that they will have to close. Sayonara, Psystar.

Psystar permanently banned from selling Mac clones

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We’ve all been gleefully following the seventeen month legal battle between Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar, but it looks likes the credits are finally about to roll. Yesterday, United States District Judge William Alsup granted a permanent injunction to Apple that will prevent Psystar from ever again selling hardware with Apple’s operating system already installed.

Psystar will pay Apple $2.67 million in damages

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We posted yesterday that Apple and Psystar had reached a partial settlement in their age-old legal conflict over Psystar’s manufacturing and marketing of PCs with OS X pre-installed. The only thing up in the air was exactly how much those Hackintoshing upstarts from Florida would end up having to pay.

Now the number’s out, and it’s not pretty: Psystar has agreed to pay Apple $2.67 million dollars in damages.

Psystar releases new Mac clone

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Psystar Corp., the Florida company fighting with Apple in federal court over selling computers that run Mac OS X, launched a new, slimmer clone.

The $600 Open(3) computer, sold exclusively on the company’s website,  has an Intel 2.8-GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and an Nvidia GeForce 8400GS graphics card with 256MB of RAM in its standard configuration.

FireWire, Bluetooth and wireless hardware cost extra, however, as does a keyboard, mouse and monitor, none of which is bundled with the box, putting it up for competition with the base model Mac Mini, which also retails for $599, without monitor, keyboard or mouse.

Psystar started selling Intel-based computers with Mac OS X preinstalled last April.  In July 2008,  Apple filed a lawsuit accusing the company of copyright and software licensing violations.

A month later, Psystar filed a countersuit, which was tossed out in November 2008.

Psystar, however, refused to back down.  In February it won a round after a judge ruled that it could amend its countersuit to charge Apple with abusing copyright laws by tying Mac OS X to its own hardware.

Via Computer World