After an 18 month uphill battle, Psystar, the tiny PC clone maker from the Miami, Florida area that was making PC clones pre-loaded with Apple’s Mac OS X, has shuttered its doors. The move comes on the heels another legal ruling that went against the would-be David in its battle with the Goliath of Cupertino. Hardware Central has the final chapter.
In a development that could charitably be called anticlimactic, if not disastrous, Psystar is finished. The Miami, Florida-based PC clone maker that took on the underdog task of challenging Apple by selling PCs with Mac OS X installed came up short. The company is out of business, its phone disconnected, its Web site inaccessible.
The move comes just two days after a court barred Psystar from selling products already found to have violated Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) copyrights. U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Tuesday issued a permanent injunction against the company from copying, selling, or creating derivative works based on Apple’s Mac OS X.
Alsup wrote that Apple had provided significant evidence that Psystar’s products infringed Apple’s intellectual property in his ruling and gave Psystar until Dec. 31 to comply with the new ground rules.
In response, the clone maker let go of its eight employees, Psystar attorney Eugene Action told Dow Jones Newswires on Thursday, saying that the company would be “shutting things down immediately.”