Rebellious Psystar Releases Snow Leopard Enabler for Generic Intel Hardware

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Psystar announced Thursday the release of Rebel EFI, a standalone piece of US$49 software that enables users to install Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" on generic Intel hardware with supported processors.

The move comes in the midst of a legal battle between Psystar and Apple over the former's selling of unauthorized Mac clones, and hot on the heels of an audacious move by Psystar to certify third party computers for Snow Leopard. The release of Rebel EFI, however, is a direct-to-consumer way for Psystar to profit off of Mac OS X owners breaking their EULA.

"Rebel EFI allows for the easy installation of multiple operating systems on a single system," the company said on its Web site. "The authenticated version allows for the permanent installation of these OS's on your system, as well as providing the DUBL, supported hardware profile features and related drivers, and support for the application."

The "DUBL" referred to is the Darwin Universal Boot Loader, an open source-based boot loader that does the heavy lifting of allowing an Intel computer boot into Mac OS X, Windows, or another operating system.

Rebel EFI is listed as $89.99, but is being sold for $49.99. A two-hour demo is available, too.

We should note that Psystar warns users, "Psystar is not responsible for possible data loss due to installation or use of Rebel EFI." The company has also provided a handy 49-step set of instructions for your convenience installation help.

Rebel EFI Screenshot
Psystar's Screenshot of Rebel EFI

Thanks to LoopInsight for the heads up.

Comments

Bryan Chaffin

I can not wait to eventually find out what the hell Psystar is up to. It’s just one bizarro move after another.

This one, however, adds ballsy on top of bizzaro, almost as ballsy as certifying third party computers for Snow Leopard.

Sill, however, I think Apple will end burying them.

Laurie Fleming

Indeed very strange. And doubly so it seems to me because they are charging for it. Doesn’t that make the water they are cooking themselves in even hotter?

Jeff Gamet

I’m guessing Psystar is trying to fill the market with alternatives to running Mac OS X on Apple hardware to make it even more difficult for Apple to keep cloners under control. Maybe they realize their goose is cooked, so they want to cause as much damage as they can while they go down in flames.

Of course, if there are big pockets behind Psystar with their own motives, we should expect to see more of this since they most likely would have a vested interest in seeing Apple losing control of the hardware Mac OS X runs on.

Bregalad

How else can they afford to keep paying their lawyers? wink

I’d really like to know (and I’m sure Apple does too) if there’s anything new in their package or if they’re simply trying to get money for existing hackintosh code they grabbed from the internet.

The new iMac’s 27” IPS display has made a hackintosh less appealing to me, but I’m upset that the display is still so glossy and that the quad core models are so expensive when it should cost Apple less to make the i5 model than the Core 2 one.

I’d really like to see a third party glass replacement for the iMac that uses museum glass to reduce glare without introducing the fuzziness that traditional matte displays are known for.

sweetseater

Psystar has been founded for one reason only:

To break Apple’s hardware/software integration. They are secretly funded by a big competitor of Apple’s that wants to push all the legal as well as PR buttons they can to force Apple to sell/offer their OS on non-Apple hardware.

This is one of Apple biggest unique value propositions that allows them to continuously out-design and out-implement all PC competitors.

This action is another way for Pystar to get there. If users try and expect MacOS to work on other hardware, this will push the case for Apple to “open.”

It’s all setup to attempt to weaken Apple’s market position. That’s why they declared bankruptcy and got new lawyers. They are not actually interested in their business…

xmattingly

Of course, if there are big pockets behind Psystar with their own motives, we should expect to see more of this since they most likely would have a vested interest in seeing Apple losing control of the hardware Mac OS X runs on.

Unless they - using Mr. Hamilton’s famous catch phrase here - get caught. smile

dhp

This is like the guy who’s going to commit suicide, so he decides to go ahead and off his family and coworkers.

B9robot

I think they will die much sooner than later if the judges can just open there eyes! Apple should make the move for a restraining order forbidding any sale that involves products related to any Apple OS period!

JonGl

I wonder how the people who did all the hard work in the Hackintosh community will feel about Psystar profiting from their hard work? Interesting if Psystar makes enemies on both sides…

-Jon

Justin Sayne

Is it just me or is this this story about 5000 pixels wide for some reason?

Bryan Chaffin

Is it just me or is this this story about 5000 pixels wide for some reason?

Aye, it was:  mwwolfgram’s quote was input with the BBCode for code, which made it stretch out. I edited that to be a quote, so we should be back to normal now.

Tiger

Just can’t wait for Apple to subpoena the entire list of customers who purchase this with the intent on violating the EULA and starts prosecuting them too. Psystar picked on the deepest pockets they could and it’s gonna bite them in the @$$. $34 billion is nothing to scoff at, so caveat emptor. Buyer beware. You’re gonna be on the hook too.

Tiger

And how Chicken $#it is this?

“Psystar is not responsible for possible data loss due to installation or use of Rebel EFI.” The company has also provided a handy 49-step set of instructions for your convenience installation help.

If you provide 49 steps on how to break something, how are you NOT liable for people who do it? If not enabling, at least its contributory negligence.

Nookster

Just can?t wait for Apple to subpoena the entire list of customers who purchase this with the intent on violating the EULA and starts prosecuting them too. Psystar picked on the deepest pockets they could and it?s gonna bite them in the @$$. $34 billion is nothing to scoff at, so caveat emptor. Buyer beware. You?re gonna be on the hook too.

That would be the worst PR move ever.

http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/05/will-metallica/

zewazir

Isn’t there some point at which these violations cross the line into criminal activity? I mean, according to the letter of the law, I can get a year in the pokey just for making a backup of my Stargate DVDs. If I write and sell a utility for breaking DVD encoding or cracking instaler codes, I can also face criminal as well as civil prosecution. (At least that is what the various label warnings tell me - are they lying?)

So why aren’t these pudknockers in jail?

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