Psystar Mac Clone Video: See For Yourself - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
Commentary
4/24/2008
11:31 AM
Paul McDougall
Paul McDougall
Commentary
50%
50%

Psystar Mac Clone Video: See For Yourself

There's been much speculation in the blogosphere about the legitimacy of Mac clone-maker Psystar, and whether it really exists. Now there appears to be proof.

There's been much speculation in the blogosphere about the legitimacy of Mac clone-maker Psystar, and whether it really exists. Now there appears to be proof.Psystar has posted a video on its home page that shows the company's Open Computer and OpenPro Mac clones in action. The systems appear to be sleek and professionally constructed.

One portion of the video shows a Leopard-based Open Computer running Quake 4, "with all of the settings turned to the max," according to the unidentified narrator.

(The narrator, btw, sounds a lot like the Psystar employee named "Robert" that I spoke with last week. Robert wouldn't give me his last name, but I'm guessing he's the Roberto Pedraza that Florida business records list as a co-operator of the company).

The video also shows Psystar computers running Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP.

An exterior shot of the company's headquarters reveals a light industrial sort of place with the Psystar logo on the front. On the door are the words "Not Open To The Public."

(The latter shouldn't set off alarm bells -- it appears that Psystar has set itself up as an Internet-only operation).

Questions about legality aside, Psystar says its Mac-clones cost about one-quarter of what similarly configured systems from Apple would cost. I haven't personally checked out a Psystar system, so can't vouch for their quality.

But they look good on video. Check it out for yourself on the company's home page.

BTW, Apple's EULA expressly forbids installation of its operating systems on third-party hardware, so if you do buy a Psystar clone, don't expect to get any support from Steve Jobs and Co.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
10 Cyberattacks on the Rise During the Pandemic
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  6/24/2020
News
IT Trade Shows Go Virtual: Your 2020 List of Events
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/29/2020
Commentary
Study: Cloud Migration Gaining Momentum
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  6/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll