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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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RE: Apple is full of hot air and smoke
By Donkeyshins on 12/3/2009 1:22:21 PM , Rating: 5
The Mac is the only universal computer there is. It can run Linux, Macintosh and Windows software. That kind of flexibility is worth more to people.

The Mac is simply a PC that Apple builds. If they didn't block companies like Psystar (or Open Source variants) that want to allow users to run Snow Leopard on non-Apple sourced hardware, then you could say exactly the same thing about any Intel x86-EMT64-based PC.

And with regard to Mac reliability and quality, I think there have been enough stories on DailyTech lately about failing Apple hardware (Macbooks, i7-based iMacs and Mac Pros) that put this particular myth to bed. Anyone can build quality systems if they choose to, and anyone who builds quality systems can still fall victim to bad components - end of story.

By MScrip on 12/3/2009 5:27:05 PM , Rating: 2
HP, Acer and Dell are the largest computer vendors... but nobody cares when one of those breaks.

I imagine there are more HP laptops that fail... but no one is gonna write an article about it.

By sprockkets on 12/3/2009 6:45:37 PM , Rating: 3
Anyone can build quality systems if they choose to, and anyone who builds quality systems can still fall victim to bad components - end of story.

You know there is a world out there outside of Dailtytech readers who can't even figure out how to turn on a computer right, let alone build one?

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