It was bound to happen. Psystar is now offering regular non-Apple PCs that can come with Leopard pre-installed. The product they are selling is called "OpenMac," and they say that it is much more upgradable that the Macs Apple sells today. Here are the base specs for $399:
- 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 2GB of DDR2 667 memory
- Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics
- 20x DVD+/-R Drive
- 4 USB Ports
- 250GB 7200RPM Drive
For $399, those specs seem pretty good, I mean it's not the best PC but it has a good power-to-price-ratio. Because their site is down right now, we really can't say anything else until it becomes active again. But here are some quotes from other news sites that appeared on their website.
When comparing base configurations, the Mac Mini costs 150% of the price of the OpenMac while offering poorer performance, smaller storage space, and RAM. Not only that but the Mac Mini doesn't have the option for an nVidia GeForce 8600 video card like the OpenMac does so playing games on it is a lost cause.
With the EFI V8 emulator it is possible to install Leopard's kernel straight from the DVD that you purchased at the Apple store barring the addition of a few drivers to ensure that everything boots and runs smoothly.
So there you have it: a non-Apple PC with Leopard pre-installed. Well, good luck with that lawsuit.
P.S: If you would have bought those Xserves instead maybe your website wouldn't be down. >