Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2008 21:44 UTC
Apple The website of a Miami-based networking and security solutions reseller became inaccessible Monday, shortly after the company began advertising an unauthorized Mac clone for a fraction of the cost of Apple's cheapest system. Dubbed OpenMac, the USD 400 offering from Psystar Corporation is described as 'a low-cost high-performance computing platform' based on the ongoing OSX86Project - a hacker-based initiative aimed at maintaining a version of the Mac OS X operating system for everyday PCs. The website is back online now, and the machine has been renamed to Open Computer. Update: Psystar says they will continue to sell the Open Computer system, despite the fact that it appears to violate Apple's EULA. "We're not breaking any laws," they insisted.
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RE[2]: Who needs authorisation?
by DeadFishMan on Tue 15th Apr 2008 15:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Who needs authorisation?"
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I may ask a honest question: The qualification to be able to run Mac OS X comes just from a special BIOS configuration? So, for example, you buy a normal PC mainboard, do something to the BIOS (i. e. you use a flashing tool to overwrite it with something else) and now your PC will boot and run Mac OS X? Is it really that easy

If I understood it correctly, Intel Macs do not use a BIOS strictly speaking, but EFI. And it is kinda picky about the hardware, so those running hackintoshes had to choose their hardware carefully (Intel graphics chipsets seem to be universally accepted, though so it seems to be just a matter of picking up an Intel mobo with EFI instead of a BIOS). Then they have to hack a kernel module (or whatever Apple calls it) to disable the DRM module or something close to that effect and that's it!

There are some glitches here and there but apart from that you can barely tell that it is not working on Apple hardware. Or that's what they say on some Mac websites, I have yet to try that myself...

Edited 2008-04-15 15:37 UTC

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