Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 20:56 UTC
Mac OS X Getting Mac OS X up and running on a computer without an Apple label has always been a bit of a hassle. You needed customised Mac OS X disks, updates would ruin all your hard work, and there was lots of fiddling with EFI and the likes. Ever since the release of boot-132, this is no longer the case. Read on for how setting up a "Hack"intosh really is as easy as 1, 3, 2.
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You've put your finger on the problem with the iMac. Lets be explicit about it.

Most people now already have a keyboard and mouse and screen. They are not in the market to replace them, at the moment at least. Most have already got rid of their old VDU and replaced it with flat screen, and many prefer the keyboard they are used to.

So, they are looking for base units. Why not? Its reasonable, cost effective, comfortable, and its green.

They buy an iMac, Apple forces them to buy a screen and keyboard they do not need or even want. And charges them handsomely for it. And then another one, when there will still be nothing wrong with them, but the processor and main board are in need of replacement.

This is what creates the market for Hackintoshes. Value for money. Of course, Thom has used an Atom, which is not what you'd use if you were looking for a Core 2 heavyweight system. But it will be a similar story compared to the iMac in terms of price, compared to the Mini it will totally outclass it in terms of performance for less money, and compared to the Pro it will deliver 85% of the performance for 25% of the price.

And this is why Psystar had to get sued. On the other hand of course, what with FreePC, EFI-X, PearC and the Russian guys, this has now reached the stage of official pandemic watch. Be careful folks, cases are liable to occur in a computer store near you. It is not just infectious, its starting to look contagious.

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