Don't Call it a 'Mac Clone': RSOL PC Releases Low-Cost Jive Series Multi-Platform Desktop Computer

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RSOL PC releases another Multi-Platform desktop computer. Pre-installed with XP, Vista, Ubuntu, or Fedora, and fully capable of running that underground operating system known as OSx86.

RSOL PC today announced the release of their low-cost Jive Series Multi-Platform desktop computer that has been tested to be capable of running all major operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista, popular Linux distributions of Ubuntu and Fedora, and even the modified version of Apple, Inc's OS X 10.5 Leopard, commonly known as "OSx86". The Jive Series Multi-Platform Desktop is available for purchase through the company's web site, and the first units are expected to ship on or around August 8, 2008.

Inside the Jive Series computers, end-users will find traditional PC hardware like an Intel E4600 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo CPU with 2MB L2 cache, a 500GB SATA II hard drive, a 20X DVD+/-RW SATA drive with Lightscribe, 2GB DDR2 memory (expandable to 8GB), an nVidia GeForce 7300GS 256MB PCIe video card, Gigabit ethernet, 8-channel digital audio, a USB keyboard & mouse, 6 USB and 2 Firewire ports. The only thing that needs to be added by the end-user is a monitor and an operating system if that option was declined at the time of purchase. The base model will be retailing for $628 plus shipping and applicable sales taxes.

The Jive Series Multi-Platform Desktop offers generous technical capabilities at a relatively low cost, and RSOL PC will offer the pre-installation of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Fedora or Ubuntu from the factory. While the likelihood of end-users purchasing the Jive Series for the sole purpose of running OSx86 is low, RSOL PC has again cautioned that only properly licensed operating systems should be installed onto their computers.

Apple, Inc's software EULA for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard specifically prohibits the installation of their operating system onto any computer that is not manufactured by Apple, Inc. Such licensing restrictions do not apply to any of the other mentioned compatible operating systems, but this particular requirement in Apple's EULA has been referenced in many online blogs during recent months due to the controversial release of an unauthorized "Mac clone" computer from South Florida PC manufacturer Psystar Corporation. Apple, Inc has subsequently charged Psystar with trademark and copyright infringements for allegedly distributing their 'Open Computer' with a pre-installed version of the modified Mac OS X operating system. The complaint was filed on July 3, 2008 in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, case CV083251

A senior spokesperson from RSOL PC added "We've made it clear that our company and Apple, Inc are not affiliated in any manner, and anyone wishing to run Mac OS X is best advised to buy an authentic Mac computer from an Apple authorized retailer. Our computers are not 'Mac clones', and RSOL PC does not market them as such. We offer and recommend Microsoft Windows as the preferred operating system for our Jive Series because that's the only operating system we will be supporting through the product's limited warranty. We recognize the growing user interest in Linux distributions like Fedora or Ubuntu, so we offer to pre-install them also, but the end-user is responsible for obtaining their own software support. We are also not blind to the small group of folks that like to run OSx86, but if they want to go out and run OSx86 on our machine - which it's more than capable of doing - then that's their own choice. They just need to be aware and take full responsibility for essentially running a reverse-engineered version of a copyrighted operating system. They won't receive any software support from us, and it's unlikely they will receive any support from Apple. To be absolutely clear, the illegal distribution and use of Apple's operating system is not something we encourage or endorse at RSOL PC."

RSOL PC anticipates that even though there's a low cost base model (that does not include any pre-installed operating system), most models sold will actually be upgraded units that are pre-installed with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium.

RSOL PC Services ( has been serving South Florida since 2003 and focuses on full service, computer sales and solutions for businesses and home users.

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