Psystar Working on Mac OS X Netbook?
Unauthorized Mac clone manufacturer Psystar remains embroiled in legal battle with Apple after initiating sales of their first Mac clone back in April 2008. ZDNet Asia summarizes the case today which remains in the discovery process:
Psystar emerged a year ago as a small independent system builder, the likes of which can be found in any medium-sized town in the United States. What provoked the interest and ire of the Mac community was Psystar's decision to ship so-called "white box" systems with Mac OS preinstalled alongside systems with Windows Vista and Linux, in defiance of Apple's licensing policies for that operating system.
The legal battle hasn't kept Psystar from continuing to sell their Mac OS X compatible machines and even introduce new models including rackmount servers.
With all the recent attention on the netbook market, one curious reader asked Psystar if they had plans to introduce a Mac OS X "netbook" in the future. Pystar's response confirmed that did have a mobile Mac computer in development. This unannounced product may simply be an extension of their laptop initiative that has previously been revealed. Any sort of miniaturized laptop, however, could be very appealing to a certain segment of the Apple's installed base.
Since Apple has neglected this market, running Mac OS X on existing netbooks has become a popular hobby. BoingBoing charts which netbooks can run OS X (though not without some difficulties). Apple has been rumored to be working on their own version of a netbook possibly with the inclusion of a touch screen.