About Mac Clones

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In what can only be interpreted as another sign of gaining market share, the movement to hack OS X onto PC boxes has gone commercial. Psystar promises to sell its “Open Computer” (earlier today it was “Open Mac” but I suspect some lawyers caused that to change) with better hardware at a cheaper price than Apple and even a version with OS X pre-installed.

To be honest, the idea of hacking OS X onto a windows box has about as much appeal to me as eating caviar in an outhouse. The reason I like the Apple echosystem is because it IS an echosystem where everything works together. Spending countless hours trying to keep OS X running on a machine it is not supposed to work on defeats the purpose. Psystar even explains that updates aren’t certain on their Mac clone.

From Psystar’s site ….

Can I run updates on my Open Computer?
The answer is yes and no. No because there are some updates that are decidedly non-safe. Yes because most updates are not non-safe.

What the writer lacks in grammar skills are more than made up for in creativity*

I understand how some argue that Apple shouldn’t keep OS X as an Apple hardware exclusive but after being stuck driving a PC for many years I say keep it locked down with padlocks and thick chains. I have my doubts whether Psystar will be allowed to stay in the Hacintosh business very long but it certainly will be interesting to see how it all develops.

*Credit for finding this gem actually goes to John Gruber.

25 Comments About Mac Clones

  1. anthonyjross@mac.com

    On the one hand, I agree that for me I will always want the integrated Apple hardware/software smoothness and finesse but could OS X Leopard in general run any worse on generic “PC” machines than Vista? Perhaps selling OS X as a direct OS competitor to MS would provide another revenue stream to Apple that would outweigh any lost hardware sales.

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  2. anthonyjross@mac.com

    On the one hand, I agree that for me I will always want the integrated Apple hardware/software smoothness and finesse but could OS X Leopard in general run any worse on generic “PC” machines than Vista? Perhaps selling OS X as a direct OS competitor to MS would provide another revenue stream to Apple that would outweigh any lost hardware sales.

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  3. anthonyjross@mac.com

    On the one hand, I agree that for me I will always want the integrated Apple hardware/software smoothness and finesse but could OS X Leopard in general run any worse on generic “PC” machines than Vista? Perhaps selling OS X as a direct OS competitor to MS would provide another revenue stream to Apple that would outweigh any lost hardware sales.

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  4. anthonyjross@mac.com

    On the one hand, I agree that for me I will always want the integrated Apple hardware/software smoothness and finesse but could OS X Leopard in general run any worse on generic “PC” machines than Vista? Perhaps selling OS X as a direct OS competitor to MS would provide another revenue stream to Apple that would outweigh any lost hardware sales.

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  5. anthonyjross@mac.com

    On the one hand, I agree that for me I will always want the integrated Apple hardware/software smoothness and finesse but could OS X Leopard in general run any worse on generic “PC” machines than Vista? Perhaps selling OS X as a direct OS competitor to MS would provide another revenue stream to Apple that would outweigh any lost hardware sales.

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  6. sebhelyesfarku@freemail.hu

    Apple machines are the same PCs made in the same Chinese factories like all the others for dumbass snob Mactards.

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  7. sebhelyesfarku@freemail.hu

    Apple machines are the same PCs made in the same Chinese factories like all the others for dumbass snob Mactards.

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  8. sebhelyesfarku@freemail.hu

    Apple machines are the same PCs made in the same Chinese factories like all the others for dumbass snob Mactards.

    Reply
  9. sebhelyesfarku@freemail.hu

    Apple machines are the same PCs made in the same Chinese factories like all the others for dumbass snob Mactards.

    Reply
  10. sebhelyesfarku@freemail.hu

    Apple machines are the same PCs made in the same Chinese factories like all the others for dumbass snob Mactards.

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  11. spamtrack@mac.com

    Sebhelyesfarku –
    What a gloriously educative slant you have on things. Without this towering display of erudition, my day would have been as empty as your cranial cavities. May your grey cell go from strength to strength.

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  12. spamtrack@mac.com

    Sebhelyesfarku –
    What a gloriously educative slant you have on things. Without this towering display of erudition, my day would have been as empty as your cranial cavities. May your grey cell go from strength to strength.

    Reply
  13. spamtrack@mac.com

    Sebhelyesfarku –
    What a gloriously educative slant you have on things. Without this towering display of erudition, my day would have been as empty as your cranial cavities. May your grey cell go from strength to strength.

    Reply
  14. spamtrack@mac.com

    Sebhelyesfarku –
    What a gloriously educative slant you have on things. Without this towering display of erudition, my day would have been as empty as your cranial cavities. May your grey cell go from strength to strength.

    Reply
  15. spamtrack@mac.com

    Sebhelyesfarku –
    What a gloriously educative slant you have on things. Without this towering display of erudition, my day would have been as empty as your cranial cavities. May your grey cell go from strength to strength.

    Reply
  16. mr@macsparky.com.com

    Sebhelyesfarku is all over the web.

    Google ‘his’ name, and find his sad comments over and over and over.

    Seriously, dozens upon dozens of hate filled posts — from his UberLinuxBox, likely — cursing the so-called MacZealots he so despises.

    You’d think he was related to Betteridge.

    Rather entertaining — if you’re pissed on dodgy Slavic Vodka, and sporting for a punchup.

    Reply
  17. mr@macsparky.com.com

    Sebhelyesfarku is all over the web.

    Google ‘his’ name, and find his sad comments over and over and over.

    Seriously, dozens upon dozens of hate filled posts — from his UberLinuxBox, likely — cursing the so-called MacZealots he so despises.

    You’d think he was related to Betteridge.

    Rather entertaining — if you’re pissed on dodgy Slavic Vodka, and sporting for a punchup.

    Reply
  18. mr@macsparky.com.com

    Sebhelyesfarku is all over the web.

    Google ‘his’ name, and find his sad comments over and over and over.

    Seriously, dozens upon dozens of hate filled posts — from his UberLinuxBox, likely — cursing the so-called MacZealots he so despises.

    You’d think he was related to Betteridge.

    Rather entertaining — if you’re pissed on dodgy Slavic Vodka, and sporting for a punchup.

    Reply
  19. mr@macsparky.com.com

    Sebhelyesfarku is all over the web.

    Google ‘his’ name, and find his sad comments over and over and over.

    Seriously, dozens upon dozens of hate filled posts — from his UberLinuxBox, likely — cursing the so-called MacZealots he so despises.

    You’d think he was related to Betteridge.

    Rather entertaining — if you’re pissed on dodgy Slavic Vodka, and sporting for a punchup.

    Reply
  20. mr@macsparky.com.com

    Sebhelyesfarku is all over the web.

    Google ‘his’ name, and find his sad comments over and over and over.

    Seriously, dozens upon dozens of hate filled posts — from his UberLinuxBox, likely — cursing the so-called MacZealots he so despises.

    You’d think he was related to Betteridge.

    Rather entertaining — if you’re pissed on dodgy Slavic Vodka, and sporting for a punchup.

    Reply
  21. kennon.bickhart@gmail.com

    Here’s my issue with this whole deal. There is no support. You will have some uninformed customer, who thinks that they will get a Mac box for cheap, and buy it super fast. Then 5-6 months down the road when the next update to OS X comes out and the box breaks, what will they do? They won’t be able to do anything.

    There are pluses to this setup, but I think that the appeal of OS X is that it is a closed environment. It means that no matter what system I get, everything will work the same. And, unless you have faulty hardware, it does. This is the reason why I use OS X… not to mention, that I just love the interface and how things operate.

    Either way, it was only a matter of time until people gave this a go with the launch of the Intel machines.

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  22. kennon.bickhart@gmail.com

    Here’s my issue with this whole deal. There is no support. You will have some uninformed customer, who thinks that they will get a Mac box for cheap, and buy it super fast. Then 5-6 months down the road when the next update to OS X comes out and the box breaks, what will they do? They won’t be able to do anything.

    There are pluses to this setup, but I think that the appeal of OS X is that it is a closed environment. It means that no matter what system I get, everything will work the same. And, unless you have faulty hardware, it does. This is the reason why I use OS X… not to mention, that I just love the interface and how things operate.

    Either way, it was only a matter of time until people gave this a go with the launch of the Intel machines.

    Reply
  23. kennon.bickhart@gmail.com

    Here’s my issue with this whole deal. There is no support. You will have some uninformed customer, who thinks that they will get a Mac box for cheap, and buy it super fast. Then 5-6 months down the road when the next update to OS X comes out and the box breaks, what will they do? They won’t be able to do anything.

    There are pluses to this setup, but I think that the appeal of OS X is that it is a closed environment. It means that no matter what system I get, everything will work the same. And, unless you have faulty hardware, it does. This is the reason why I use OS X… not to mention, that I just love the interface and how things operate.

    Either way, it was only a matter of time until people gave this a go with the launch of the Intel machines.

    Reply
  24. kennon.bickhart@gmail.com

    Here’s my issue with this whole deal. There is no support. You will have some uninformed customer, who thinks that they will get a Mac box for cheap, and buy it super fast. Then 5-6 months down the road when the next update to OS X comes out and the box breaks, what will they do? They won’t be able to do anything.

    There are pluses to this setup, but I think that the appeal of OS X is that it is a closed environment. It means that no matter what system I get, everything will work the same. And, unless you have faulty hardware, it does. This is the reason why I use OS X… not to mention, that I just love the interface and how things operate.

    Either way, it was only a matter of time until people gave this a go with the launch of the Intel machines.

    Reply
  25. kennon.bickhart@gmail.com

    Here’s my issue with this whole deal. There is no support. You will have some uninformed customer, who thinks that they will get a Mac box for cheap, and buy it super fast. Then 5-6 months down the road when the next update to OS X comes out and the box breaks, what will they do? They won’t be able to do anything.

    There are pluses to this setup, but I think that the appeal of OS X is that it is a closed environment. It means that no matter what system I get, everything will work the same. And, unless you have faulty hardware, it does. This is the reason why I use OS X… not to mention, that I just love the interface and how things operate.

    Either way, it was only a matter of time until people gave this a go with the launch of the Intel machines.

    Reply

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