Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st May 2017 21:41 UTC
Mac OS X

Apple is working on new desktop Macs, including a ground-up redesign of the tiny-but-controversial 2013 Mac Pro. We're also due for some new iMacs, which Apple says will include some features that will make less-demanding pro users happy.

But we don't know when they're coming, and the Mac Pro in particular is going to take at least a year to get here. Apple's reassurances are nice, but it's a small comfort to anyone who wants high-end processing power in a Mac right now. Apple hasn't put out a new desktop since it refreshed the iMacs in October of 2015, and the older, slower components in these computers keeps Apple out of new high-end fields like VR.

This is a problem for people who prefer or need macOS, since Apple's operating system is only really designed to work on Appleā€™s hardware. But for the truly adventurous and desperate, there's another place to turn: fake Macs built with standard PC components, popularly known as "Hackintoshes". They've been around for a long time, but the state of Apple's desktop lineup is making them feel newly relevant these days. So we spoke with people who currently rely on Hackintoshes to see how the computers are being used - and what they'd like to see from Apple.

My 2009 article on building a hackintosh is still one of the most popular articles on OSNews. This movement is anything but new, and has always been far more popular than people seem to think - it's only been brought to the forefront again lately due to Apple's abysmal Mac product line-up.

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by fithisux on Tue 2nd May 2017 19:20 UTC
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The real problem of Apple is that it did not help to create a community around Darwin and distros like Gnu Darwin or Pure Darwin to flourish as a way to get back HW support. A lot of Hackintosh contributions could be directed in the OSes and Apple could benefit by the extra drivers, kernel tests, ports of software or configurations to extend it product line. They chose not to go down this path. Instead they Apple is the real reason Hackintoshes flourished. They could even charge a fee for the polished FOSS version of their components as an A/UX software subscription. Hackintosh brought no money to their pockets. FOSS could have brought more money from the tinkerers and power users willing to sacrifice the polish of official OSX for a cheaper A/UX FOSS Environment with community driver support and unstable packages.

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