EFi-X USA to sell pre-made PCs capable of running Mac OS X

Leveraging an internal adapter that lets many generic PCs run Mac OS X, a company called EFi-X USA now plans to offer a solution that potentially allows customers to create their own Mac systems.

Unlike the offerings from besieged clone maker Psystar, the EFi-X USA Millennium 4 will be targeted directly at the performance crowd. It's expected to boast a Core 2 Quad processor overclocked to at least 3.8GHz, 4GB of memory, a GeForce 8800 GTS video card and a high-speed disk combination that includes a 150GB, 10,000RPM boot drive and a 1TB, 7,200RPM secondary drive that holds the bulk of the computer's storage. Two DVD rewriters will also be included.

More importantly, the systems will potentially avoid the legal pitfalls that have spurred an exchange of lawsuits and countersuits between Apple and Psystar. EFi-X USA will mention Mac OS X as one of the operating systems supported by the system, but won't install the software itself. "We want to be clear about that," the spokesman says. The company also won't sell the EFi-X dongle pre-installed in the Millennium; it must be purchased as a separate product.

Whether or not this will stand Apple's scrutiny is yet to be determined. Although it's true the brunt of Apple's case against Psystar has focused on violating the end-user license agreement by running Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware.

There is also an update by Tom's Hardware that EFiX USA is not making Mac Clones. The EFiX is a small USB module that allows a stock PC to run EFI-based operating systems. In this case, one of the major bonuses to this scheme is that Apple's OS X Leopard can run fully functional on stock PC hardware. This means you're able to perform normal system updates just like you would on a real Apple Mac.

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Who really cares whether this company succeeds or not. I will not take the company seriously until it is readily available as a viable product on x86 hardware not supported by Apple. This will never happen. Most expects now believe that Apple, while keeping the x86 processor will slowly move to more proprietary hardware solution with stronger DRM. I am simply not interested in such a move because it is simply not ethical. Nor am I interested in paying an Apple tax for a nicer looking box with standard x86 components. There are no real luxury items. They don't even have a PMU... but a limited SMC, which is not any better than a standard PC. They have empathized USB2 over 1394a/b. Fiber/SCSI is no longer really available... just SATA in the lesser systems. They have no mid-tower solution. Their notebooks, while nice... lack many features that the Thinkpads have and are significant marked up in price. I still simply see no market for Apple beyond open source advocates that have had a following out with GNU/Linux and want something that is a Unix solution that supports commercial software by major manufactures (Coral and Adobe). I will continue to purchase ipod and products from their media division provider that experience on Windows continues to at least be "somewhat pleasant." I will never, ever purchase another "traditional" Macintosh computer (desktop, notebook).

However, the reason they backed off is doubtless due to veiled threats from Apple Legal (or someone connected, either directly or indirectly, to Apple). Apple has proved to be *the* most willing to defend their IP, either directly or indirectly, against what they see as *unfair competitive practices* via the lawsuit route (usurping that title from Disney), and that goes back before their wrangling with Psystar.

What's worse, in my own humble opinion, is Apple still seems determined to *have their cake and eat it too*; they can run Windows directly (not via emulation or via VM, though they can do that as well), but they are resistive when a way is found to run their operating system on non-Apple-sourced hardware. If it were anyone *else* doing this (I'm not referring to Microsoft, but Sun Microsystems; does anyone remember the howls of protest that went up when Sun tried to kill Solaris for x86?), they would be lynched in the Court of Public Opinion!

Once again, one rule for Apple, another for everyone else.

Microsoft could restructure their EULA so that Windows could only be run on a purchased box that was supported by a vendor pre-approved by Microsoft. They could use DRM to lock-down the experience to select motherboards and hardware using existing Intel technology today. They, however, unlike Apple just want to make a profit. They don't really care who they sell Windows to. Further, given that they own the market they have little worry about hardware cannibalization because almost all hardware is written to support Windows.

Seems they've backed down after all . . . i think.

------------------------ From the above Engadget link:

"Just so we are clear on exactly what transpired yesterday.

EFIX is manufactured by Arts Studio Entertainment Media of Taiwan.
EFIX USA is the USA distributor of the EFIX device and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

We at EFIX USA have had numerous inquiries over the past 4 months about whether or not we would be willing to pre assemble a functioning PC using parts from the official EFIX Hardware Compatibility List. We are still willing to do that on a one off basis, but the parent company of EFIX has reversed course on us doing that as a commercial product so we pulled it from our website.

Any inquiries should be directed to sales2@efixusa.com

Thank you and sorry for the confusion."

LTD said,
Stopped what?

"Just hours after announcing plans to sell a high-end Mac clone, niche electronics reseller EFIX USA changed course in order to avoid a nasty legal confrontation with Apple."

schubb said,
"Just hours after announcing plans to sell a high-end Mac clone, niche electronics reseller EFIX USA changed course in order to avoid a nasty legal confrontation with Apple."

Yeah, I noticed it below. Thanks for the response, though.

EFiX is the company that created a USB dongle that allows to install Mac OS X onto any PC with a standard install DVD Rom. Nothing that hadn't already been achieved by the hacking community, but they made it easy for the average joe.

Their new project of creating a Mac OS X fully compatible PC seems to have been already abandoned, though, due to various articles such as this one suggesting that they would make mac clones. Oh well.

At a cost of $200 per dongle I'll pass....

OS X isn't worth that much to me, let alone adding the cost of the Dongle to the base OS costs :|

wow $200 per dongle? That's a little expensive.. You can get a good OS X solution from the community for nothing.. not that I condone it..-wink wink-

-Hiroshi- said,
wow $200 per dongle? That's a little expensive.. You can get a good OS X solution from the community for nothing.. not that I condone it..-wink wink-

You can condone it :P, it is legal

Richard Hammond said,
Its not legal its just not illegal.

there's only 2 terms in that sense which means if it's not illegal it's legal unless otherwise in the future.

Sounds interesting, for sure. Being able to buy a computer that's designed to have hardware that will work with the correct drivers for Mac OS X, hopefully for a cheaper price.

And I don't think Apple can do anything about it, either. I still prefer my Mac, though, just because I know it will always work.

LTD said,
They'll find a way, I'm sure.

Probably, given Apple is much more anal about infringement of any sort than Microsoft is.

It's interesting, but they went about it completely the wrong way.

Why emulate EFI when you could just use a normal EFI board, that way you'd support the enhanced functionality across the board, just not to bootstrap OS X.