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Psystar Defies Apple, Releases Mac Clone

Despite an Apple lawsuit, Psystar launched the $600 Open(3), which has a faster processor, more memory, and increased storage over the comparably priced Mac Mini.
Psystar's unveiling of the Open(3) was reported on the tech site Electronista, where readers' feelings were mixed. While agreeing the price was enticing, they also acknowledged that support could be a problem.

"As one who had to support Mac clones in the '90s, I say never again," one reader said. "What a total pain! Having a single source for any support issues, which was pretty much zilch with real Macs versus the hassles with the clones, the cost of ownership is far better with a real Mac."

Apple licensed the Mac OS to other computer makers for a short time in the '90s, but later stopped the practice.

While Psystar continues to launch new products, Apple's lawsuit is chugging along. Psystar tried to derail the suit by claiming in court papers that Apple's control of the Mac market violated antitrust laws.

However, a judge rejected that claim, leading Psystar to modify its argument. The computer maker, which operates from a nondescript warehouse in a Miami industrial park, now claims Apple's Mac OS copyrights are invalid.

The case is scheduled to go to trial in November. Apple has said in court filings that it believes Psystar is backed by a silent third party that's presumably seeking to enter the Mac market.


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