I found an interesting post on the German mac news website Macnews:
A company by the name of “Pystar” are offering a $400 x86 configuration they’re calling the “OpenMac“. The draw? The OpenMac can be configured with a better graphics card, processor and larger harddrives than the similarly priced Mac mini: For $550 you can get a machine that’s faster than a Mac mini AND has a graphics card with 512MB of dedicated video RAM. (Of course, it has none of the mini’s good looks – but then again, looks aren’t everything).
Pystar claim the OpenMac is capable of running a stock Leopard installation without any modifications. But once you dig a bit deeper, it turns out that’s not quite the case:
“The OpenMac runs the Vanilla kernel with minimal kext patching “
Their FAQ page also includes this tidbit:
“Can I run updates on my OpenMac?
The answer is yes and no. No because there are some updates that are decidedly non-safe. Yes because most updates areÂ notÂ non-safe. It’s best to check onÂ InsanelyMacÂ for this information but when in doubt don’t update it. You may have to reinstall your OS X if it is a non-safe update.”
So they’re basically selling Hackint0sh’s. I expect Apple’s legal dept. is already looking at ways to take this down.
It’s a shame that Apple doesn’t offer a configuration like this though: A Mac mini with a slightly better graphics card would be a great second mac for notebook owners who already have an external monitor who want to play the occasional game without shelling out for an iMac or Mac Pro.