You know sometimes its nice to wake up to a good chuckle, and Psystar definitely provided that this morning for me. The company who only yesterday decided to offer a $399 system they’re calling ‘OpenMac’ that comes with Leopard pre-installed (which is a violation of Apple’s EULA), has decided to ride the wave of publicity and take things on step further.
They’re going to take Apple to court.
On what grounds?
Why, anti-trust violations of course.
After clarifying that the company would continue to sell the ‘OpenMac’ Psystar representative “Robert” told InformationWeek that they planned to take Apple to court because they believe Apple’s terms violate U.S. monopoly laws. Stating, “What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?”
My guess is if that happened a company like Google would come in with a new OS and clean house…but that’s just me. I seriously doubt this line of thinking is going to win Psystar any cout rulings…primarily because such a ruling would change computers as we know it. I mean, seriously, if a court ruled in favor of Psystar then Xbox OS software would have to be made available to install on any machine, same for PS3 OS software, and any company that ever produced an operating system ever again would then have to make that operating system available for every imaginable platform or risk facing a lawsuit.
However, I am not a lawyer, and people much more educated than myself would be more qualified to discuss that at length, so I’ll let them have at it on other blogs.
What I CAN comment on is the next thing that came out of “Robert’s” mouth. After his previous words of wisdom he claimed that Apple “grossly overcharges” for the hardware on which its operating systems come pre installed. Event going so far as to claim that Apple charges “an 80% mark-up on hardware”.
Now even the dimmest bulb in the room knows that’s absolutely ridiculous, and it makes me seriously think that Psystar consists of a handful of stoners in their mother’s basement with delusions of grandeur.
If Apple charges 80% mark-up…so does everyone else. Take a look at the Dell XPS line of notebooks. These are the notebooks from Dell that most closely match the specs of a Macbook – and guess what? The cost is almost identical.
The Macbook is $100 dollars more than the base XPS, and it comes with 802.11n and a 2.1 Ghz processor vs. Dell’s 1.8 Ghz offering with 802.11g.
The specs on the machines aren’t exact, but they are very close – and its a good example of how Macs aren’t actually “over priced”. The difference between a Mac and a Dell PC is that Dell sells under powered machines very cheaply. Apple doesn’t sell cheap machines. That’s it. Nothing more.
This goof ball continues on with statements like “What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?”
Obvious answer – Honda would go out of business…because that’s stupid.
Let’s not even get into the fact that calling their machine ‘OpenMac’ is a bonehead move. Even if there was some way they could even stand up to a court hearing on their claims, Apple can still sue their pants off based solely on the trademark violation of the computer’s name.
Psystar, I look forward to reporting about your ultimate court loss, and your eventual bankrupcy. Good luck with that.