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  1. The Open Computer Adam Jarrah 4/16/08

  2. What is Psystar? • Manufactures/sells hardware and software for various business uses (i.e., communication systems, employee management devices, etc.) • Recently entered PC market by introducing lower-priced “Open Computers” capable of running Mac OS Leopard.

  3. Product Details • Order from online store. • Choice of two models: • “Open Computer” – retails $555 with, $400 without Leopard. • 2.2 GHz Intel processor, 2GB memory, 250 GB HD • “Open Pro” – retails $1155 with, $999 without • 2.6 GHz processor, 2 GB memory, 750 GB HD

  4. Apple’s Issue • Apple claims their OS not legally allowed to be used with any other hardware. • Displayed in End User License Agreement (EULA).

  5. Psystar’s Side • Argues Leopard purchased legitimately. • 1984 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision – software publisher prohibited from requiring specific type of hardware.

  6. Bottom Line • So far, Psystar hardware proven more cost-effective than Apple. • If Apple decides to try to prevent usage, cost to “experimenters” only the cost of new OS ($150).

  7. Sources • www.psystar.com • www.technewsworld.com/story/62655.html