Psystar Stops Selling Rebel EFI… Starts Selling T-Shirts And LINUX Boxes Instead

Here’s an interesting plot twist. Here’s what you see when you go to Psystar’s web site:

It appears that they’ve stopped selling the Rebel EFI tool that allows you to install Mac OS X on a PC. Here’s why:

We respectfully disagree with courts notion that we are “hardcore copyright infringers”. Psystar has never, and will never, condone software piracy. It’s your software, you should be able to use it where you want to. If you purchase an off-the-shelf copy of OS X Snow Leopard, its your right to use that software. A publisher cannot forbid you from reading a book in the bathroom or listening to a music disc while riding your bicycle. There should be no difference in the software realm, no matter how much money Apple or anyone else throws at it. That is the real issue here and what we have always been fighting for.

Good luck with that argument. So far, the courts have not agreed with you. Oh, here’s what they’ll be doing to stay alive:

Earlier this month, Psystar discontinued the sale of all its computer systems. In the coming days, we will again be offering complete systems but at discounted prices as they will be bundled with your choice of Linux operating system. In addition to using only first quality components, our hardware specifically chosen such that it is known to be compatible with OS X (via Apples own drivers or open source offerings online). This makes it easier to get up and running with your favorite XNU based operating system, including Pure Darwin.

So their plan is to let the users install Mac OS X themselves so that the legal responsibility shifts to them from Psystar. I wonder how the courts will see that plan? Oh yeah, there’s one more thing (Sorry Steve. I couldn’t resist):

They’re selling t-shirts and taking donations. How cute. Here’s the incentive to buy a t-shirt or donate:

Although Rebel EFI may be temporarily unavailable for purchase on the Psystar online store, those who purchase a t-shirt or donate over twenty dollars will receive one free copy of Rebel EFI once the court has ruled in our favor on this issue.

You’ll excuse me if I don’t fire up my PayPal account and flip them $20. It would be money that would go to waste given that I can’t see a court ever ruling in their favor.

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