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Mac Cloner Psystar Ships First Service Pack 468

Posted by kdawson
from the cloe-wars dept.
Preedit writes "Not only is Mac clone maker Psystar continuing to defy Apple's ban on third-party Leopard installations, it's supporting the hardware with updates. Psystar Mac clones shipped as of Monday will include a 'service pack' that features fixes for a range of problems, some of them inherent in Apple's own software, according to InformationWeek. The fixes address a range of troubles, from glitches in Apple's Time Machine backup feature to quirks in the Keyboard Viewer and Character Palette entries in Leopard's system preferences menu. There's also support for the latest version of Java and other updates. According to the story, by offering a full menu of support, Psystar appears to be daring Apple to attempt to enforce provisions in the Leopard license agreement that forbid third-party installations and sales." We've been discussing Psystar clones for a while.
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Mac Cloner Psystar Ships First Service Pack

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  • Good (Score:3, Funny)

    by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @12:52PM (#23479052) Homepage Journal
    Now Apple has to compete with it's own product. I mean, making a product better them MS wasn't exatly a challenge, was it?
  • by alta (1263) on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @12:53PM (#23479070) Homepage Journal
    Really big hairy ones that must be protected by some sort of anti-steve force field.

    Or maybe they're eunichs (sp?) and steve can't cut off their balls.

  • Re:Psystar? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @12:53PM (#23479078)
    tar can already process streams just fine, there's no need for a fork.
  • by Khyber (864651) <techkitsune@gmail.com> on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @12:55PM (#23479108) Homepage Journal
    We'll see no lawsuit. This gives Apple more exposure. If they do sue, I won't be offering them a bandage for their blown-off foot.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @01:00PM (#23479202)

    Or maybe they're eunichs (sp?) and steve can't cut off their balls.
    I believe it's spelled "Unix".

  • by OrochimaruVoldemort (1248060) on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @01:00PM (#23479208) Journal
    begun, the mac war has.
  • I dunno, but I'll bet she's REALLY hot!
  • I am a bit stymied about why this company has not at least been served cease and desist papers. I can only suppose 1 of 2 things is going on here:

    1) Apple knows the EULA is non-binding, and doesn't want to mess with the negative press of trying to squish small startup guy. I find this hard to believe as they have had little problem with this tactic in the past.

    2) Steve didn't get the memo about psystar yet...Right.... this is even more unlikely, because if he had, there would be a crater where psystar hq used to be by now.

    Who knows - maybe Steve is finally going soft....
  • by kestasjk (933987) on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @01:53PM (#23480158) Homepage
    But at some point the people at Psystar must have clicked "I Agree", so they agreed to comply. This is the strongest contract in the entire software industry, even stronger than a "TOS" link at the bottom of a web-page
  • by imyy4u3 (1290108) on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @01:59PM (#23480244)
    The funniest part of this whole thing is the guy who wrote the patch that allows Psystar to install Apple's OS X on their PC boxes is pissed because Psystar is using his "free software" to make tons of cash and they are not giving him any of the profit. What's ironic is the fact that he blatantly violated Apple's EULA, and is now surprised that Psystar is violating his EULA. LOL.
  • by cheros (223479) on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @02:13PM (#23480442)
    even cheaper right after a refresh

    I've now tried refreshing several times, but in my browser Mac prices stay the same.
    Should I switch to Safari? :-)
  • by bmin (945466) on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @02:40PM (#23480852)
    Don't you mean
    begun, the mac CLONE war has.
  • Re:Good (Score:2, Funny)

    by empaler (130732) on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @03:19PM (#23481632) Journal
    You forgot to add the tilde.
  • I was there in Cupertino in the early days. On my third day of employment I was called into Jobs's office. He was there, alone, in drag. He lifts up the blue skirt he was wearing, and BAM. Cilice.

    "You know what this means?" he asks me, twirling a faded Apple ][+ case badge in his hand. "Opus Dei. I have some friends I'd like you to meet."

    In walks Gates and Ballmer. Ballmer is in a Masonic apron and Gates says, "You know what Gates translates to in Aramaic? Bilderberger." L. Ron Hubbard (Jobs kept calling him honey-pie) then walks in with an Apple IIe prototype, or so it seems. Opens it up. Juice cans. Ballmer forces me down into the chair with a big meaty hand. In 3 hours, I'd gone clear. They had me in the basement of Novation for a few years with a chip puller, replacing perfectly fine commodity ICs with compromised chips made of pure evil. All of those g-philes about homemade bombs and manufacturing cocaine out of draino? No one in the BBS scene wrote them. They sprang forth onto boards in the middle of the night from those compromised ICs. The concept was to cause disruption and chaos in the suburbs. Why? They wouldn't tell me. But when I'd proven myself by not asking questions, they moved me up through the ranks. OS/2 Warp was mine. As was the scuttling of that product line when it didn't match this infernal cabal's machinations. But I've said too much already.

    NeXT? What you don't know is how many of those were sold to the Soviets. You don't see many of them anymore; most of them were made of an unstable polycarbonate which, when exposed to alcohol, denatures into something like sarin gas. But I'm not supposed to be telling you that. The Russians are well known for computing drunk. Vodka. NeXT cube. You know what happens next. How do you think we won the cold war? The NeXT cubes you might have seen are facsimiles. If you've seen one powered on, all you've seen is a hacked version of Windowmaker running on embedded Linux. Don't believe me? Fine, be a sheep.

    About a year ago Jobs calls me in. The Pope is there, as is Hubbard (who did not, in fact, expire in the California desert as the Church of Scientology would have you believe). Jobs says, "You know, people are fucking with my OS. I can't have that. Soon, we're going to see hackintoshes all over the god damned Pacific Rim. This is what you're going to do," he says to me. "We're going to start a shell company and we're going to build the worst goddamned hackintosh you can imagine. It should be loud enough to make all of the audio capabilities of the thing damn near useless. Crippled, but intriguing. That's your mantra. Fuck insanely great - the only mantra you have going forward is 'Crippled, but Intriguing.' I want you and my friends here to work it," and he motions behind me.

    Standing behind me are 14 original members of the Process Church - Processians, who you might remember from the Manson connection. God and Satan in league. Turns out Jobs was a double agent, working for both the Catholics and Processians. Which side he favored is unclear to this day. But we lit out for Florida in the early morning hours to pull off the Crippled but Intriguing thing.

    Jennifer Lopez, who, inexplicably was one of the "original Processians" but had somehow become age-resistant during a joint working of the Temple of Set and the OTO in 1979, says to me, "It is important that this fails. We want to sour the concept of the hackintosh in the mind of the public. It will put this issue to rest, once and for all."

    We then proceeded to discuss Enochian magick and grimoires and all the casual kinds of stuff you normally discuss with an electronics-savvy death cult in a 1979 Econoline van on the way to Florida, and so we got there and set up shop.

    I could be killed for posting this. But take it under advisement. There are dark fucking AEONIC FORCES behind this thing, and if you can figure out the kind of gematria Jobs is into, you'll figure out what Psystar *really* means (in A
  • by eck011219 (851729) on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @04:49PM (#23483166)
    When I was about 20 (around 1991), I worked for a family friend who was doing custom DB app development. He was working on a warehouse tracking system at the time, and I helped him compile information about the competition for an article he was writing for Unix World magazine. When I told my parents about the article for Unix World, my father went all glassy until I explained the spelling and definitions involved.

    I was impressed by his poker face, honestly. I think he thought he'd been exposing his boy to the decidedly wrong people.
  • by Oktober Sunset (838224) <[ku.oc.oohay] [ta] [301egapds]> on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @09:09PM (#23486536)
    Sorry, you loose at funny. If you want to pull it off you need the right tone. Try the slightly confused, 'but how can this be, there aren't any bugs in OSX, Steve Jobs said it was perfect, he wouldn't lie to me, Steve Jobs is my friend' or maybe the proud soviet citizen, 'This is a campaign of deception by those pigdogs at Microsoft, their stooges at Psystar are concocting lies against the gloriousness of OSX, all hail Steve Jobs, Glory to the Macintosh!' if your going to do a kool aid gag, you need to set up the cult follower line from the beginning. And you can never start with 'I call BS' in a funny post, start off with 'LIES!' or 'HA! they can't fool us'.

    Hope this helps you get modded funny in the future.

    And if that fails, just bleat the same 'soviet russia' joke every thread, remember, witless retards get mod points too.

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