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Apple isn't happy with Psystar. Unable to secure a summary judgement from courts to crush Psystar, it now has to contend with a new hack from the company that allows Snow Leopard to install on PCs, a nightmare for Apple which relishes tight control of its products.  (Source: AP)

The new $50 hack works with Intel multicore systems. It provides an easy and user-friendly route to create a hackintosh. It also is handy for Mac developers who can consolidate their installs of different versions of OS X onto a single machine.  (Source: Apple Insider)
Psystar continues its campaign of defiance against a controlling Apple, offers handy product for enthusiasts and developers alike

Some PC users may detest Apple's Snow Leopard thanks in part to Apple's negative marketing against Windows 7 and past Windows products.  However, for those looking to take a walk on the wild side and create a Snow Leopard/Windows 7 multi-boot PC or notebook (perhaps so you can have a replaceable battery) you now have an easy route thanks to a new product from Psystar.

Some may recall that Apple tried to crush Psystar when the company started shipping cheaper third-party Macs priced as low as $399.  Apple cited a provision in the EULA forbidding third parties to install Snow Leopard in their products without permission.  Despite accusing the scrappy third-party vendor of violations of shrink wrap license, trademarks, and copyright infringement Apple has been unable to kill Psystar -- yet.

Now Psystar stands to become even more popular and controversial, thanks to its newly released Rebel EFI software hack.  The hack allows a user-friendly installation of Snow Leopard that makes creating a "Hackintosh" approachable for even casual users.  The software costs $89.99 and is available directly from "The Psystar Store", Psystar's retail site.  Currently the software is free to try, but the free version features limited hardware functionality and a two-hour runtime.  If you buy a full version you can currently get a $40 rebate, dropping the price to $50, effectively.

The software works with any Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, i7, or Xeon Nehalem processor to install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.  There are 38 steps in total to complete to install Snow Leopard, but many of these steps are extremely simple like "insert disc" or click on option xxx.  The full guide is provided in Wiki form here, it should be easy enough for even beginning PC users to make sense of.  The installed version of OS X will get updates from Apple, just like versions from Mac (the OS can't tell it's not on a Mac).

Psystar's site describes the product, stating, "Featuring Psystar's newest technology for allowing for the smooth interfacing between operating systems and generic Intel hardware.  Rebel EFI allows for the easy installation of multiple operating systems on a single system.  The authenticated version allows for the permanent installtion [sic] of these OS's on your system, as well as providing the [Darwin Universal Boot Loader], supported hardware profile features and related drivers, and support for the application."

The software can be used to load and switch between up to 6 operating systems on a single PC.  This ideal for Mac developers, who typically have to resort to multiple machines for older versions of OS X.  It can also be used to create a Linux, Windows 7, OS X tri-boot system.

The product is a defiant slap in the face to an already angry Apple, which typically tries to hold tight control over its software products.  Additional legal action seems very likely, as Apple is already trying to sue Psystar out of existence.  Apple is pleading with the courts to give a summary judgement before the upcoming January trial against Psystar, but thus far has not secured one.  Like with iPhone unlockers, Apple is finding that it just can't seem to keep its users from freely using the products they purchase.  It is increasingly finding that its arguments about the illegality, danger, and impropriety of unlocking its products falling on deaf ears.

For those looking to set up a good system, they might want to snag a copy of Ubuntu Linux and then pick up a student discounted Windows 7 Professional edition, priced at $30, and a $29.99 copy of Snow Leopard.  Along with, Open Office (or Microsoft Office technical preview), Microsoft Virtual PC (for Windows XP Mode), and Microsoft Security Essentials (for security), you can create a great (legal) multifunctional system at a bargain price.

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Rebel EFI is useless.
By reader1 on 10/27/2009 3:07:47 PM , Rating: -1
Apple's control over their hardware makes this tool useless:

Psystar's Rebel EFI is an interesting tool, but it is very limited when it comes to the selection of hardware that you can use. The company really needs to create a compatible hardware list and post that on its Web site -- and it also needs to create some usable documentation. As it stands right now, you can use Rebel EFI to build a Mac clone, but unless you stick to relatively generic hardware, you will be disappointed.

"Review: Psystar's Rebel EFI -- Snow Leopard on a PC"

This is one of the many advantages to a more closed approach. Apple needs to the control the Mac even more. They need to completely control all content that can be obtained on the Mac, including web content.

RE: Rebel EFI is useless.
By Boze on 10/27/2009 3:37:48 PM , Rating: 4
reader1, sometimes I can't tell when you're serious, and when you're being facetious.

RE: Rebel EFI is useless.
By acase on 10/27/2009 4:26:03 PM , Rating: 5
I don't believe that reader1 knows either...

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