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Psystar Working on OS X Hackintosh Netbook?

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Mac clone maker Psystar is said to be working on a netbook running OS X.

For the last year, Apple has been saying it will not be producing an Apple branded netbook. Whether it was Steve Jobs saying the company “didn’t know how to make a sub-$500 computer that wasn’t a piece of junk” or Tim Cook calling netbooks junky trinkets that “didn’t deserve the Apple brand,” the message was loud and clear: No Apple netbook.

Now Apple rival, Psystar, is set to fill the void OS X fans are feeling -- maybe. Macrumors reports that with all the recent attention on the netbook market, one of its reader asked Psystar if they had plans to introduce a Mac OS X "netbook" in the future. Psystar's response confirmed that did have a mobile Mac computer in development.

We know most of you are anti-Apple but how do you feel about netbooks running the Mac OS X? Psystar is currently locked in a legal battle with Apple. Apple claims Psystar is in breach of its EULA by offering OS X on non Apple-brand machines. The fact that Psystar didn’t immediately fold when Apple brought them to court last year has led a lot of folk to believe a larger company is behind Psystar and funding its legal team.

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    tinnerdxp , 8 May 2009 18:21
    To be completely honest - OS X is quite good for netbooks - it does not allow for much customization, is completely closed (source-wise) and if not for the pricing and stuppid apple-hardware-only clause in the license it would make perfect contender for the netbooks - otherwise I would suggest some linux distro optimized and stripped down for netbook's hardware. Reality says otherwise though. Os X is simply too big and resource-hungry for netbooks... In my opinion that is.
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    Anonymous , 11 May 2009 21:20
    No, mac OS X is not completely closed. It uses GNU/GPL stuff (gcc, some kernel stuff) and, naturally the source code for it available from the Apple website.