Feeds

Vendor touts PC's Mac OS X compatibility

But won't sell it with Apple's OS.

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Apple Legal, we laugh in your face! Brassy computer company Open Tech is cocking just such snook Jobs-wards, though we note it's not brave enough to publish an address on its website...

Undeterred by Mac clone maker Psystar's recent run-in with Apple's lawyers, Open Tech has announced Open Tech Computer 1.0, a $620 bog standard system based on a 3.4GHz dual-core intel Pentium D 945 - yes, we're surprised there are still some of those around too - 3GB of 667MHz DDR 2 and an Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT graphics chip. It's got 500GB of 7200rpm hard drive storage and a DVD writer. 802.11g Wi-Fi's built in too.

Crucially, it's billed as compatible with Mac OS X 0.5 - aka Leopard. To be fair, it's also said to be compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Linux, but you'd expect those to be supported.

Open Tech Computer 1.0

Open Tech's Open Tech Computer 1.0: DIY Mac

You'd expect them to be bundled with your system and pre-loaded too, and indeed they are. But closer inspection reveals Open Tech isn't going to be shipping systems pre-loaded with Leopard. It's not even going to include a Leopard DVD.

Open Tech will include a "do-it-yourself kit", which can be used, the company claims, with a copy of Leopard you've bought to get the Apple OS running on the Open Tech Computer.

We suspect, the DIY kit comprises the tools and instructions you can get by searching any of the 'hackintosh' online forums. In that respect, it seems no more open than any other x86-based PC.

Which begs the question, why buy a machine from Open Tech when you can build or buy your own no-name PC, a copy of Leopard and manipulate it onto the hardware, as one fellow did with his MSI Wind?

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.