"I am starting to wonder, are weirdo lawsuits involving companies with nothing much to lose and claims and defenses that seem doomed from the start going to happen to *all* of Microsoftâ(TM)s competitors?"
Am I crazy to suggest that having Mac OS X on generic PCs would surely hurt MS far more than it could possibly hurt Apple?
If I was to try my hand at the art of anti-MS conspiracy theory, I wouldn't suggest Psystar as the MS rube. Rather, I'd have to put my stock in the idea that Apple and MS have some kind of hush-hush agreement to divide up the market. MS certainly doesn't want Apple competing with MS in generic PC land, and Apple is happy with leaving the Mac in its high markup niche that gives it good earnings for its money, ignoring computer games and the oft-touted notion of an Apple game console competing in the traditional game console market where MS now lives, and instead spending most of its development dollars in other consumer products markets that it knows it can win easily via awesome UI and that MS has been toying with for years and couldn't be more mediocre at if it was trying to lose.
Still, I guess MS could be behind Psystar... If it did nothing, antitrust regulators might eventually get a crack at the "Apple-labeled" tied selling business, leaving Apple to reluctantly eat MS' Windows cash cow for breakfast. An airtight knee-jerk lawsuit from Apple to cut down an MS patsy would dispel the generic PC MacOS threat long before this could happen.