There are few topics in the tech world that will simultaneously rally hoards of rabid fans and gaggles of haters at the same than talk of Mac computers. Such has been the case this week with a company called Psystar announcing that it would offer a Mac clone for only $399.
This low price tag got some Mac fans excited, but a chink in the armor quickly surfaced when Apple’s legal team found a problem in the EULA for its OS X operating system that was offered for pre-install on the Psystar machines. The little phrase that started all the fuss was “This License allows you to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time.”
Clearly the Psystar machines aren’t Apple labeled.
This is the point in the Psystar saga takes a turn for the worst. The company website had an address changed in the middle of the day. Gizmodo reports that the first address listed on the company’s website was a single story residence that didn’t appear to be a business. The second address listed on the Psystar website turned out to be the location of a company called USA Koen Pack. According to Gizmodo the manager of USA Koen Pack says it has been at that address for two years.
To compound the problems, Engadget reports that Psystar has issues with licensing from more than just Apple. Psystar allegedly didn’t get permission from developers working on the OSx86 project to use their work. The developer of the EFI emulator used by Psystar, Netkas, went so far as to call Psystar "liars," and that its code is released specifically with the caveat that it can’t be used for commercial purposes.
The drama continues with Engadget saying that it called Psystar and the company president, Rudy Pedraza, asked Engadget to have Netkas call him -- he did not know their contact information. Pedraza later denied using the EFI emulator altogether.
To call Psystar suspect at this point would be a serious understatement.