About Mac Clones


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.