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Psystar is now refocusing its efforts on its unlocking software, but Apple is looking to hand it another defeat

Apple's legal campaign to crush Mac cloner Psystar made headlines several times over the last year and provoked diverse responses.  Some were supportive of Apple, arguing that the company had every right to tightly enforce the strict provisions on its operating system.  Others argued that Apple was being abusive and manipulating its position to sell overpriced hardware.

In the end Psystar was handed a defeat in a summary judgment.  Earlier this week it announced that it was partially settling with Apple.  Now details of that settlement have been finalized.

Psystar, which already went bankrupt once, has agreed to pay Apple $2.647M USD in damages for marring its "brand image" by releasing Mac clones.  It also agreed to suspend production and sales of all its Mac clones and has since pulled the sales page from the company's website.  The decision casts uncertainty on the status of orders from those who bought Mac clones in the final days before the settlement, individuals whose systems have not yet been shipped.

While the situation seems to be dire for Psystar, the company vows to persist in its campaign of rebellion.  The company is now focused on its unlocking software offering Rebel EFI, which allows OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to be installed easily on a variety of hardware configurations with Intel processors.  Rebel EFI provides support for multi-boot systems with a mix of Linux, Windows, and OS X installed.

Apple is trying to kill off Rebel EFI, though.  The company is battling Psystar in a separate case in Florida court.  The Mac clone case took 17 months, so it appears that the final fate of Psystar won't be decided for some time.  The odds seem stacked against the company, though; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which helped hand Apple a victory in the clone case, specifically outlaws users or businesses to circumvent software protections, even on devices they legally own.  As Psystar is doing exactly that, it seems to be on some pretty weak legal ground, regardless of how "fair" the DMCA is.

Until the hammer drops, though, Psystar plans to continue to sell its software and defy Apple's closed box business model.

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I've used RebelEFI
By blppt on 12/3/2009 8:35:02 AM , Rating: 2
It really is quite easy, as long as you make sure your hardware is listed on the wiki page.

Easier than any hackintosh distro, such as iatkos, kalyway, ideneb, etc.

I do understand the annoyance of the hackintosh community though, since it appears to use a lot of what they worked hard to keep free. But cant you say a lot of the same thing about retail Linux distros? IMHO, how easy the RebelEFI installer makes building a hackintosh makes it worth SOME compensation to Psystar, if nothing else.

RE: I've used RebelEFI
By Flunk on 12/3/2009 9:54:37 AM , Rating: 2
Their compatibility page specifies a very small number of mostly outdated equipment. It's not much of an endorsement to say that it works on the tiny spec of hardware that they certify it to work on.

RE: I've used RebelEFI
By blppt on 12/3/2009 11:40:45 AM , Rating: 2
Thats more a limitation of the osx86 community than anything else..being that many of the kernel extensions installed by RebelEFI are created by the osx86/hackintosh community, they are limited to what drivers have been developed to work in a hackintosh.

Besides, a GTX280/285 isnt really "outdated", nor is an i7-975 and X58 mobo. All of which have been approved in various iterations.

The problem with a lot of mobos not working properly (ther than gigabyte) from what I've learned in using various hackintosh distros, is something to do with the ACPI cpu mapping in the BIOS, which cause you to need to use the cpus=1 flag when booting, or OSX will not boot. Gigabyte mobos dont seem to have this problem/issue for whatever reason.

Of course, this severly retards performance by forcing OSX to only use one core of the CPU (or 2 in a quad, IIRC) as cpus=1 disables core(s).

The Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3LR (P45) mobo I use for my Hackintosh works nearly flawlessly, although I dont use RAID or the onboard audio (outboard USB X-Fi works flawlessly). Q9550 CPU.

RE: I've used RebelEFI
By MScrip on 12/3/2009 5:29:28 PM , Rating: 2
Did you already have that hardware? Or did you buy that motherboard specifically for building a Hackintosh?

RE: I've used RebelEFI
By blppt on 12/3/2009 6:00:46 PM , Rating: 2
Actually already had it. Bought the Q9550, a hard drive, dvd/r drive, 8GB DDR2, case + psu and built me a hackintosh.

It had been used with my Q6600, which is now in another mobo on my windows machine.

Actually, the most difficult thing involved in this build has been calling MS and writing down those darn key sequences to reactivate win7 after the mobo swap. ;-)

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