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  • Apple and Psystar Finally Reach an Agreement


    Late Monday it was reported that Apple and their pirating peer Psystar reached an agreement to settle a 17-month lawsuit. According to preliminary details made available from ComputerWorld, Psystar will no longer be permitted to preinstall Apple's Mac OS X on the Intel-based computers it sells.

    It may not prevent the small Florida computer maker from selling Mac clones, however. Instead, Psystar laid out an argument that would shift responsibility for installing Apple's operating system onto its customers.
    Although more details will be forthcoming today, for now it is known that Psystar will award an unspecified dollar amount in damages to Apple, but such payments will not be made until Psystar finishes the appeal process - a legal journey that could ultimately take a substantial amount of time to complete.

    As a result of the agreement in place, Apple has effectively dismissed its trademark infringement claim against Psystar, which ends the long-running legal battle and eliminates the need for a trial. Psystar and Apple have locked legal horns since July 2008, when Apple first went after the clone maker which had begun selling Intel machines with Mac OS X preinstalled only a few months earlier.

    In the Monday filing, Psystar argued to exclude Rebel RFI, a $50 utility that the company started selling in October, from any potential injunction. Rebel EFI lets owners of generic PCs -- like the ones that Psystar sells -- install and run Apple's Snow Leopard operating system.
    Naturally, there is reluctance on the part of some to think that yesterday's "resolution" will actually resolve once and for all the legal tug of war that seems destined to continue or at least reheat as long as Psystar stays in the business of stealthily profiting off of Apple in some direct or indirect fashion.

    It should also be pointed out that as of this morning, Psystar's Web site is still selling the troublesome clones with Snow Leopard preinstalled.

    To read the full report from ComputerWorld, click here.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple and Psystar Finally Reach an Agreement started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CobraSVT View Post
      What I don't like is the fact that apple has a monopoly on there os. That's like saying that Microsoft windows can only be installed on a computer made by microsoft. I do not like the fact that the only way to have osx is to buy a computer through apple, no other os is computer specific but osx is...sorry but that's monopoly plain and simple. They should allow it to be installed on any computer if the software has been bought, once you bought the software you own it.
      You don't have to buy an Apple computer to run OSX or Snow Leopard, you just have to buy the OS. As the article states it's up to the customers to purchase the software, Psystar just can't sell the computers pre-installed with the OS on them anymore.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Doesn't look like you have to get a Mac for Snow Leopard. Glad I can get this one cheaper.
    1. PeeceKeeper's Avatar
      PeeceKeeper -
      I recently found out that my friends uncle turns out to be the owner of Psystar. From what my friend has said, his uncle is just now moving to California (atleast temporarily) because of the legal battle. Its not over yet!
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by gsmumbo View Post
      Can you install a PSP operating system on anything but a PSP? The PSP OS is designed for the PSP hardware. Same here. OS X is designed for Apple hardware.
      For the sake of argument, you're comparing embeded systems to full fledged desktop OS'es. In the realm of full fledged desktop computers, I can't think of any other OS that's completely limited to just one particular set of hardware. The closest thing that comes to mind is Sun's Solaris OS but I do believe it can be installed any other hardware. I agree Apple is providing a complete package but perhaps expanding the bounds of where OS X can be installed might help Apple gain more market share?

      As for support, I would think for any hardware not vended by Apple, the responsiblity for drivers would fall on whoever made the hardware, would it not, so where's the problem? Is this how it's been for PC's, whether it's Windows or Linux or any other x86 compatible OS.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by CobraSVT View Post
      What I don't like is the fact that apple has a monopoly on there os. That's like saying that Microsoft windows can only be installed on a computer made by microsoft. I do not like the fact that the only way to have osx is to buy a computer through apple, no other os is computer specific but osx is...sorry but that's monopoly plain and simple. They should allow it to be installed on any computer if the software has been bought, once you bought the software you own it.
      In their defense, one huge advantage for Apple and consumer is that there is a much higher level of reliability for Apple and a better experience for the consumer. One of the things that has really hurt MS over the years is a lack of control on the installed platform and dealing with the ensuing interoperability issues that arise because of this.

      That's about the only slack I'll cut MS since I still think that they have [up to 7 since I haven't used it yet] ***** operating systems/environments.

      If Apple had to support every HW producer that didn't adequately follow their reference designs, you'd see a lot more 'bluescreens' and stability issues that you do currently. My main systems that I rely on for my livelihood will be Apple-made. But I still would like a couple of cheap platforms to use around the house or travel with.