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Psystar Declares War To Apple, Plans Mac Virtualisation Scheme

Psystar, the small Florida based company known for selling clones of Apple Macintosh based systems, has apparently its intentions to license its virtualisation technology to OEMs willing to take on the legal might of Apple.

The company claims that its technology which includes the company's Darwin Universal Boot Loader allows a system to run up to six distinct operating systems which may include Windows 7, Linux distributions and surprise, Apple’s Snow Leopard.

It also says that it will offer licenses for desktop, server and other hardware manufacturers to receive the "Psystar Certified" label. Psystar incidentally is facing a legal challenge from Apple and it has also filled for bankruptcy, yet the firm is not backing down from proliferating Mac clones.

However those looking to Apple OS X clones need to be aware that Apple is unlikely to offer any support to such systems and the myriad of issues may crop up when running them.

The move from Psystar is not likely to go down well with the legal team at Apple who are likely to look at ways to prevent Psystar from indulging in such activities which Apple claims, violates its end user licensing agreements.

Most analysts agree that what Psystar is doing is patently against all established software copyright laws and do not attach much value to its actions.

Our Comments

Psystar is playing the role of Don Quixote against the mighty power of Apple. It is unlikely that it will ever succeed in undermining the consumer electronics giant. But then, it managed to get some pretty good exposure worldwide in the specialised press.

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