Originally Posted by Slewis
Who says they haven't? Regardless of whether or not they said Hi to Psystar yet, what Psystar is doing is clearly not eating into Apple's own sales so why the hell should Apple care?
There is a need to protect a name brand and to protect IP that is being illegally as it sets a precedence. But that doesn't mean that Apple have to send in their sharks right away. The misused EULA appears to be a civil, not criminal, case so Apple would do nothing but hurt it's brand name, give Psystar free publicity, and Apple would not profit from such a case right now nor prevent Psystar from not-profiting from the continued sales if they litigated right now.
I still think a HW authentication chip is the best option Apple has. (I'm becoming like Irelnad with my assurance and obsession with this idea
Originally Posted by Mac-sochist
I was always one of those who argued that Apple would never, in 10 million years, license OS X. However, with the purchase of PA Semi, the announcement of Snow Leopard, and the lack of action against Psystar, I'm beginning to reevaluate that.
If Apple was going to license OS X to the generic PCs I'd think they would have done the opposite of what you mentioned. P.A. Semi would not have been purchased (unless their IP really is for Apple's PMP line) and Apple would be going after Psystar to prevent generic clones until they are ready to sell them as OS X will cost more than the paltry $129 they are selling it at.
The idea of Snow Leopard being Intel only and not having any new features does sway in your favour, but not to a point that makes it believable. The dropping of PPC and optimization of multi-core systems and GPUs is plenty of work for Apple. Furthermore, if Apple was going to license their OS, they would have done so prior to Jobs return when they were losing customers in droves and had the major PC manufacturers looking to pay top dollar to get out of MS' thumb. Now that they are thriving, it certainly won't happen.
Originally Posted by akhomerun
seriously, what happens when apple updates the software and everything has to be cracked again? a real enterprise can't deal with all that. a real enterprise can afford xserves if they really need them over windows or linux servers.
psystar is also doing a huge disservice to the osx86 community, stealing their work for commercial product. psystar isn't contributing a thing.
They altered the Software Update app to point to their servers. I have a friend
who has actaully gone to their site on more than one occasion to DL the latest drivers for OX86 Leopard.
Originally Posted by jcsegenmd
Yeah whoever mentioned the '95 Darwin award was right, but at some point Apple won't stoop to the level of such morons. You get a server for reliability and support; if you're selling big-ticket items and your server(s) go(es) down, the money you saved on hardware goes out the window.
The prices of their machines, outside of the base model, quickly creep up past Apple's prices for a comparable machine when you start upping the specs. And the YouTube videos should that it is less optimized and very, very loud. What boggles my mind is that the target audience for this seems to be small as I would think people would just build their own or buy a real Mac. If you can't torrent a copy of OSx86 and install it on some component HW using the available Wikis there is no way you should own a Psystar machine. The argument that they want something pre-made doesn't work for me because the HW setup and install is simple; and the argument that they want a cheaper Mac does work either because it's cheaper to buy the parts yourself and save $129 on DLing OSx86.
Who are these customers? I figure Psystar is doing okay if they have an Xserve option now... but like the kid and train, they are getting a little closer until they get hit hard.
Originally Posted by macFanDave
Why hasn't Apple sued them yet? Or, at least, sent them a cease-and-desist letter?
If Apple smacks down Psystar via Snow Leopard next year, is that considered to be a sufficiently vigorous protection of their IP? That is, if Psystar gets to make Leopard-compatible hardware for 15 months or so, what is to prevent anyone else from ignoring the terms of the EULA with impunity?
That is why I think HW authentication is imminent (I officially have the Irish preoccupation disease)
. There really is no stopping it. Apple may have sent a C&D, but that doesn't mean Psystar has to apply if they know that it really be enforced.