Psystar — the zany hardware company that is openly giving the finger to Apple’s ToS (and their lawyers) by releasing the first Apple clones since Jobs put the kibosh on them in 1998 — have come out with another entry in their line of quasi-legal Mac clones. They are now offering Mac server solutions in the form of the OpenServ 1100 and 2400, which can run Windows Server, Leopard Server or Linux and come stocked with Intel Xeon Harpertown processors, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 6 TB of storage, starting at $1599.
As puzzled as I am that Apple’s lawyers haven’t sued these guys into a thin layer of translucent jelly — not that I wish it on them, you understand — I’m more curious who is buying them. I imagine an entire business model based on selling tech reviewers and bloggers a nearly ephemeral product: making them leap through hoops, prodding them with mystery, intrigue and the whiff of the elusive “exclusive scoop.” Certainly, a good chunk of the individuals who ordered PsyStar’s first Open Computer Mac clone were tech journalists in one fashion or another, looking to take the computer for a spin. Could a small one-man company be run on such a business model by loudly announcing plausible but ever-more-outlandish and scoopable products, then building a small number themselves? Probably not, but it’s a great idea for a story.
Psystar [Official Site]