However, when Miami-based Psystar started installing the Macintosh operating system no generic personal computers and selling them online in April of 2008, techies figured it was only a matter of time until Apple sued them into oblivion.
While the exact terms of the settlement haven't been fully disclosed, a district court judge has imposed an injunction on Psystar selling machines with Apple's operating system already installed, along with monetary damages.
Psystar did ask for its Rebel EFI software, which it sells for $50 and allows a computer user to install and operate a copy of Mac OS X 10.6 on their own machine, be excluded from the injunction.
In the end, it'll still take some doing if you want a "hackintosh." But Psystar might just be around to help.
Jackson West remembers the days when Apple licensed clones, and they worked just fine.