OpenMac – a Mac mini alternative?

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 in Mac, The web

I found an interesting post on the German mac news website Macnews:

The 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 are not non-safe. It’s best to check on InsanelyMac 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. 

1 Comment

  1. Some people are just never happy. If Apple did introduce an upgradable Mac Mini, people would say it is too big, isn’t fast enough, costs too much or something. If Apple reacted to even half of users request for types of machines, they would be selling 100 different machines and everyone would be confused about what to buy.

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