Ok so I’ll put some info in here if you’ve NOT been following along to help you catch up.
Apple PC’s run the Mac OS, and up until a few years ago used different style processors than you’d find in your garden variety PC. As they were not getting as many of those as they needed they switched to the same style.. but decided that even tho the Mac OS *could* run on garden variety PC hardware, they didn’t really want it too, unless they made it.. Apple is a hardware company, and they don’t want you putting OS X on a PC you didn’t get from them.
So.. everyone knew it was just a matter of time till someone hacked it. You may now (if you are geeky enough) make whats now called a Hackintosh, which is a non apple PC running Apples OSX, and thats fine.. the world can accept a few thousand people who secretly and anonymously do that… But what Psystar did was just stupid.
A couple of years ago Psystar just decided to start selling PC’s preinstalled with OSX, and that is a Big Effing No No. I can remember my reaction when I first heard about this.. stroke of genius.. I’ll replay it for you:
Random Person: “What do you think about Psystar?”
Me: “Those people are stupid.. someone is probably going end up in Jail.”
I was close.. so Psystar has been ordered to pay something like 3 million to Apple and it looks like they may have only sold about 800 units running OSX, not the “12 Million” they said they’d sell this year when they wooed investors. They wanted to keep this piece of software they wanted to sell to allow people to install OSX , but uh.. yeah it looks like the judge told em no on that too.
So.. what lesson can you learn from this people with crazy ideas?
Just because you can get away with it being a random anonymous person doesn’t mean you can make money off it.
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