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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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RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By dark matter on 10/27/2009 7:17:34 PM , Rating: 3
I think people are crazy for wanting to install it to a PC, but so what

I don't if this is news to you, but an Apple computer is a PC apart from a different bios. Other than that all the parts are "off the shelf".

RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By Reclaimer77 on 10/27/2009 7:36:33 PM , Rating: 1
Just leave it alone. Apple is not a PC, and yes I know the technical aspects, but it doesn't matter.

Just like blacks can only say the N word, us PC users reserve the right to calling our machines PC's and yours are NOT. You just got on the bandwagon a few short years ago, give me a break.

You go from funky Motorolla CPU's to Core2's overnight and think you have the right to claim to own a PC ?? You didn't even build your machine yourself, what's so damned "personal" about opening a big box and hooking up a pre-built ?

We toiled, learned, tinkered, built and experienced what PC's are really all about when you were still using custom made CRAP bought in a big box. PC's my ass.

RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By croc on 10/27/2009 7:56:26 PM , Rating: 2
Motorolla 68xxx CPU's were not 'funky' but very practical for a 64 bit OS. Too bad Motorolla went through a bad spell there, but Crapple adjusted to using IBM PPC's. Still a good solid 64 bit OS platform. They had some of my respect back then.

Now? Crapple builds x86 platforms, adds an EFI layer over the BIOS and tries to tell the world that it is NOT a PC? What a bunch of BS. Glorified TCM module is all that it is, no more and no less.

RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By Jalek on 10/27/2009 9:35:14 PM , Rating: 2
I find it amusing that as Apple moved away from the PowerPC processor, everybody and their uncle used it for other things once IBM further developed the cell processors.

By Mitch101 on 10/28/2009 8:54:39 AM , Rating: 2
There was a long stale period in processor development from Motorola and then IBM that caused Apple to move toward x86 parts. Apple had to do it or be left behind in performance from rival chip technologies that were advancing. Only until after Apple moved to x86 that the cell arrived.

RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By Reclaimer77 on 10/28/09, Rating: 0
By Reclaimer77 on 10/28/2009 12:27:10 AM , Rating: 1
Remember THEIR commericals we have been forcefed for the past how many years ? In their own words..

" Hi, I'm a Mac "
" And I'm a PC "

By overzealot on 10/28/2009 9:08:52 AM , Rating: 2
There was no 64bit 68k series CPU.
There was no Motorola CPU used by Apple EVER that was 64bit.
Where the hell do you people get this crap from?

RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By omnicronx on 10/28/2009 12:19:51 AM , Rating: 3
Just leave it alone. Apple is not a PC,
Please read the header of this page. There is the PC moniker AKA Windows machines, and PC's i.e personal computers. Mac's regardless of your personal opinion are PC's.

RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By Reclaimer77 on 10/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By rdeegvainl on 10/28/2009 7:43:55 AM , Rating: 5
That's just a marketing gimick to set their brand name apart. They keep using their brand name, while refering to the other guy as a generic bland item.

RE: In the picture above Steve Jobs is saying
By Reclaimer77 on 10/28/2009 9:15:51 AM , Rating: 2
Apple has been using that "gimick" for 30 years now to set themselves apart from Windows based machines. You guys are trying to buck a very long trend. No matter what you say, most people see Apples as being very different from PC's.

You are not going to win this with me. If you came here and put a gun to my head, I would still fight you on it. So why waste your breath ?

By rdeegvainl on 10/28/2009 1:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
The trend was not that MAC wasn't a PC, it was that it was special among PC's. The MAC is a PC. It is a personal computer.
You are not going to win this with me. If you came here and put a gun to my head, I would still fight you on it. So why waste your breath ?

You are quite overdramatic (troll much), but as everyone can see, you are wrong. Also breath is not wasted with text.

Have a nice day.

By Camikazi on 10/28/2009 1:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's were always PCs (as in Personal Computers), but once they started using Intel CPUs, and other PC (x86 meaning) and actually allowing Windows to run on them, they truly became PCs and all the Mac stuff became pure marketing. Aside from an EFI BIOS, an Apple PC is identical in parts to a Windows based (x86) PC. Also a gimmick is a gimmick no matter how long they use it, Macs and Windows based PCs are all PCs.

By Maharajamd on 10/30/2009 9:13:05 AM , Rating: 2
You're an idiot. I can usually just be a lurker, and laugh, but today you're just too much.

A PC is a PC...a 'Personal Computer'. I don't give a **** what OS you use or what HW it's running on. Is a nix machine a pc? Is a machine running an ATOM setup a PC? I think so. You're just blindly following a marketing scheme...

Bandwagon a few years ago? Are you saying MACs can't be classified as PCs because they didn't join the Intel family until a few years ago? Is there some kind of nerdy "PC" fraternity that I don't know about? Do MAC users need hazed or something?

"Didn't build your PC yourself" - Wait a minute, aren't we commenting on a hackintosh article? Lol...

I finally ditched Windows over the weekend, entirely. I didn't use RebelEFI, I used a custom setup. So let's see, I installed a custom OSX on my custom machine. I don't know about you, but that sounds like some tinkering to me...

Don't let something you're scared of increase your ignorance.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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