Just hours after announcing plans to sell a high-end Mac clone, niche electronics reseller EFI-X changed course in order to avoid a nasty legal confrontation with Apple. “We certainly don’t want to get into a legal battle that’s over a couple thousand dollars,” an EFI-X spokesman said. “Potentially Apple could have a legal issue there. They may not have a legal issue, but with all the money they have they might try to make one.”
Despite the sudden turnabout, it’s getting harder and harder for Apple to guard the most precious jewel at the core of its success: The Mac operating system.
The Intel switch gave birth to an underground community of hackers dubbed OSX86, who anonymously contribute
to a wiki that details the techniques required to get the Mac OS to work on other
Intel machines. The OSX86 community is what made Psystar and all the aforementioned
companies possible, and it’s also what enables people to install Mac OS X on a netbook, a popular hack.