Psystar appeals Apple court ruling

Florida-based Apple-bating Mac cloner Psystar has filed notice of appeal against a ruling which stops the company selling its own generic boxes pre-installed with Apple's OSX operating system.

Psystar maintains that anyone should be allowed to install the OS on any system they see fit but Apple, and its very expensive lawyers, see the situation somewhat differently. Unfortunately for Psystar, the presiding judge agreed with the Cupertino company, granting a permanent injunction effectively preventing the sale of any machine other than an Apple branded one being sold complete with OSX.

A statement on the company's web site reads: "If you purchase an off-the-shelf copy of OS X Snow Leopard, its your right to use that software. A publisher cannot forbid you from reading a book in the bathroom or listening to a music disc while riding your bicycle. There should be no difference in the software realm, no matter how much money Apple or anyone else throws at it. That is the real issue here and what we have always been fighting for."

Psystar has also 'voluntarily' stopped selling its Rebel EFI software which allows Apple's Unix-based OS to be installed on any x86-based computer.

The plucky-but-increasingly-desperate company is now flogging T-shirts emblazoned with the legend "I sued Psystar, and all I got was a lousy injunction" for $15 a pop. It also says anyone who donates $20 or more will get a copy of Rebel EFI, "once the court has ruled in our favour on this issue".

The company is also trying to clear its current stock of Open Computers - no doubt in an effort to pay its massive legal bills - by bundling them with Linux at heavily discounted prices.