Psystar launches Mac OS install tool

October 23, 2009 | 15:50

Tags: #hackintosh #mac-os #mac-os-x #snow-leopard

Companies: #apple #efi-x #psystar

Ersatz Mac OS machine manufacturer Psystar is again courting lawsuits from Apple with the launch of a commercial application for the installation of Mac OS X Snow Leopard on non-Apple hardware.

As reported over on CNet, the software suite - dubbed Rebel EFI - allows users to install Mac OS X on to most machines with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad, i7, or Xeon Nehalem processor.

The package is available in a free 'demo' version for checking compatibility, although the company states that this offers "limited hardware functionality as compared with the full version."

Speaking of which, the full release of the software will set consumers back $49.99 (£30) but allow a full, unrestricted install on the hardware of your choice.

While this is far from the first commercial product we've seen that allows consumers to install Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware - that honour goes to the EFi-X modchip first spotted back in September last year - it's a brave move by a company which is still being sued by Apple for offering systems with Mac OS X pre-installed, and has only recently left Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Once thing is for sure: Apple is unlikely to take this lying down.

Do you believe that users should be able to install Mac OS X on any hardware they like, or is Psystar simply trying to make a quick buck off Apple's efforts? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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