Psystar Announces OpenMac a $555 Mac Clone, Will Apple Allow Mac Clone Sales?

Submitted by lalit on April 14, 2008 - 11:23am.

Psystar as small manufacturer of VoIP, security and networking equipment announced today that they would start selling a Mac compatible computer for $399.  The computer would come with 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4500, 2GB DDR2 RAM, integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics, 20X DVD writer, 250GB hard drive and 4 USB ports. If you pay $155 more for a Leopard copy they will preinstall it on your new machine. The problem is in second part of the deal, anyone can sells computer hardware but preinstalled Mac OS X is a problem. Apple stopped licensing their OS for past 10 years and since the launch of Mac OS X Steve Jobs has been very vocal about not licensing Mac OS X to anyone. Leopard’s End User License Agreement states “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.” The part Apple-labeled computer is the reason that no one except Apple can sell a computer preinstalled with Mac OS X. Unless Psystar has got in an agreement with Apple, which is very unlikely, they will very soon get a Cease and Desist order.