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Friday, December 18, 2009

Apple Competitor Psystar Loses Court Case, Goes Out of Business

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 4:09 PM

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By C. Stiles
Robert Pedraza
​In a recent SF Weekly cover story, Worms in the Apple, writer Tim Elfrink detailed the saga of the Rudy and Robert Pedraza, a couple of rogue computer programming brothers who hacked Apple's OS X and retooled it for use on cheaper PCs.

Elfrink wrote about how legal experts believed that the Pedraza brothers had a chance to prevail in San Francisco's Northern District Court, where Apple is suing them for copyright infringement. In the end, that didn't happen.

On Tuesday, Judge William Alsup ruled that Psystar could not longer sell PC computers with Apple's Macintosh operating systems installed. And today, Dow Jones reported that basically, Psystar is dead.

Reportedly, all eight employees will be let go and Psystar's website is now inaccessible. The doors are shuttered. The lights are out. Game over. Moral of the story? Don't mess with Apple.

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