Last week, we reported that another Mac clone, manufactured by Open Tech, had surfaced. Today, ComputerWorld is reporting that the company won’t be pre-installing Mac OS X and that the liability should fall on the consumer rather than the manufacturer.
Open Tech argues that Apple’s end-user license agreement (EULA) states that buyers can purchase a legitimate copy of Mac OS X and install it on non-Apple hardware. Therefore, Apple’s still making profit off of the operating system rather than the hardware. Apple’s EULA clearly states otherwise.
The company also announced the price of its machines. Open Tech Home and Open Tech XT will sell for $620 and $1,200 respectively. The machines are pretty legit (perhaps too legit?...to quit?) and include some pretty beefy specs. But, Open Tech’s “free-for-all” computer philosophy will undoubtedly infuriate Apple.
We should also note that Open Tech completely revamped their homepage and it sucks. It’s good to be open! is their new slogan. Where is an eye rolling emoticon when you need one?
Open Tech recently announced its free-for-all computer line-up. That’s right—a computer that supports Windows, Linux, and Mac OS (Specifically, Leopard). The computers are fully customizable and contain some pretty impressive specs, including a 3.4GHz Dual Processor and 3GB of DDR2 Ram. No price tag is available, but one must be curious as to how much the company will offer for these seemingly impeccable machines.
In the wake of last week’s Psystar debacle, it seems almost ridiculous that another company would promote a Mac clone. Psystar's distribution warehouse is now on the market for $4.6 Million. That might have something to do with Apple unleashing its lawyers and Psystar losing its nerve. Such a fate could also befall Open Tech if they don’t stop toting their “meant to be open” mantra.
Of course, there is always the off chance that Open Tech is a complete hoax. After all, the website was made with freewebs.com (seriously?), the web store barely loads and there are no direct links to email either the company, or their PR offices.
Yesterday, Apple made a big fuss over Psystar’s Mac OS clones. Today, they insist Psystar do a mass recall of all units running the hacked Mac OX system. That means that the Mac cloners days could be numbered. A recall of all Psystar units will undeniably bankrupt them. Apple also wants whatever profits the company has gained, in addition to, any dollars that may flow once the judge bangs the gavel.
According to Yahoo! News, a product recall is an “unusual step”. Mandated recalls are usually ordered by government agencies to rid the market of products that are potentially harmful.
Both Apple and Psystar’s legal team declined comment.
You usually get what you ask for. Last April, a representative for the company Psystar, only identified as “Robert”, challenged Apple to bring a lawsuit against his company for reportedly using hacked versions of Mac OS X on on their custom built computers. AppleInsider reports that as of July 3, Apple Inc. has filed a formal complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Psystar for manufacturing and selling unauthorized Mac systems.
The small Florida-based firm made headlines last Spring after announcing its line of low-cost, high-performing machines called OpenMac, later changed to Open Computer so as to avoid charges of copyright infringement. Psystar taunted Apple by asserting that they were the only other computer company selling Mac OS systems.
"What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?," said Robert of Psystar. He also added, "What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?" Robert had also been quoted as saying that Apple had been violating antitrust laws by restricting installation of its operating system on non-Mac machines.
Is that a dongle in your PC, or are you just happy to be using OS X? For as long as Mac devotees have been flaunting desktop superiority over their Windows counterparts, users on both sides of the fence have clamored for a way to install Mac OS X on a PC. On Monday, the wait may be over. Dubbed “the best solution for running Mac OS X on PCs” and consisting of a device that is “neither a memory stick nor a thumb drive,” EFiX allows non-Mac users “to install Mac OS X straight from the original DVD without having to worry about patches, replacing files and anything like that” is poised to free the PC world from the shackles of Vista.