Hackintosh store opens in Europe

When Apple made the switch to Intel processors it opened up its software to potential piracy to non Apple branded machine. Fast forward to today and PearC has opened a store in Germany that is now selling hackintosh PC's with OSX 10.5 installed.

The company is doing exactly what Pystar has done in the US and the site says that it has found a legal loophole in the German law that should prevent Apple from taking it to court.

The site allows for a wide array of configurations including Steve Job's famous "bag of hurt" Blu-Ray. But as with any hackintosh, support of the PC is unknown as well as how updates will affect a purchased system.

"The standard configurations are the: Starter, Advanced and Professional. The Professional Version comes standard with Intels i7 Processor and allows upgrade to the 3.2Ghz Extreme Edition, as well as an Nvidia 9800GTX with 2GB of memory. While the starter and Advanced both offer dual cores as standard the Advanced has more configuration options allowing for Quad Core CPU's and high end graphics cards. the Professional Version is by far the most powerful of the Mac Clones released to date."

The stock prices for the systems are as follows:
Starter: 499 €
Advanced: 749 €
Professional: 1499 €

Will Apple be able to take down PearC? Only time will tell but if your in the market for a Hackintosh, you now have one more option.

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Another funny article..

This is just more things to come for Apple. You grow and become a bigger business, then these issues will come up. But knowing Apple and their winy attitude, I am sure they will try and do something about this.

If your dumb enough to buy one you get what you deserve..... However, whats good for the goose is good for the gander... have I used enough metaphors?

If I can install Microsoft Windows on any piece of computer hardware I want from any manufacturer then why can't I do the same with Mac?

computergeek83 said,
If your dumb enough to buy one you get what you deserve..... However, whats good for the goose is good for the gander... have I used enough metaphors?

If I can install Microsoft Windows on any piece of computer hardware I want from any manufacturer then why can't I do the same with Mac?

You cant do the same with OSX because apple does not sell it (the OS) only UPGRADE DVDs.
When you buy a mac you get a fully functional device (hardware + software)...
MS makes ONLY software and DELL for example makes ONLY hardware... so that why you ca buy that separate... MS + DELL = complete package
But i say it again... with apple you get a complete package, take it or leave it.
Same when you buy a smartphone... you get a complete package.
Why not install symbian on a motorola LOL

The problem here is that you get OSX license only when you buy a MAC... DVD in store is just an UPGRADE DVD...
Because you cannot buy a mac without OSX...
Apple should just require a serial # of your mac when you purchase an upgrade DVD.
So no go for clone makers in any court...

CoolBits said,
The problem here is that you get OSX license only when you buy a MAC.

You're dam right it's a problem. In fact, it should be illegal! How is it that Apple can get away with insisting that you can only buy OS X if you buy a computer from them? Screw them! If I want to build my own hardware and put OS X on it, I should be able to.

Airlink said,
You're dam right it's a problem. In fact, it should be illegal! How is it that Apple can get away with insisting that you can only buy OS X if you buy a computer from them? Screw them! If I want to build my own hardware and put OS X on it, I should be able to.

Then its a problem with nokia too as you buy symbian with it...

Pystar is subject to the laws of US while PearC is subject to the laws of Germany and perhaps the one of EU.
But EU commission is known to be serious about antitrust. So Hackintosh computers are more likely to be legal in EU than in US

It's a shame that it takes this incident to wake up a giant like the EU. I'm sure the EU will scrutinize Apple Inc.
as for anti competitive practices? this could be the case. European laws AREN'T US laws. this should get real good real fast!!!

Soldiers33 said,
haha nice 1. finally people start taking on apple


Finally? This cat & mouse game has been going on for a while...
I'm interested how the trial will go. I'm pretty sure that the European Union will go bananas over their anti-trust laws... which, in fact, isn't the worst thing for the consumer.

But then again... Apple can keep sueing them for all kinds of things, and they'll run out of money.

"Only time will tell but if your in the market for a Hackintosh" should actually be "Only time will tell but if you're in the market for a Hackintosh"

They're still not cheap though.

Matching spec to a Windows PC I picked up... Intel Core 2 Quad 9550, Geforce 9800 GT, 1GB HD @ 7200rpm, 4GB Ram (faster that PearC site), along with all the other standards card/reader DVDRW etc. etc. they get over £1000 GBP, whereas it only cost me £650.

I am pretty sure Apple has international stores with their patent everywhere and what not. I am also sure they can sue them and take them down.

yes... because EULA beats national law... right? NOT!

i know of that "loophole". It's there. They are safe for now...
But the lobbiests are already busily working in Berlin, I guess...
Successfully or not, we don't know, we'll see.

I doubt apple will sue in europe because if they did then they would draw attention from the eu and then they would be in trouble considering microsoft got in trouble for anti trust things then apple for sure will because they try and lock their whole market.

Don't be silly. Apple are an multinational company and like any other multinational company, they will protect their trademarks (in this case, the OS) like a lion protects their cubs (i.e. aggressively).