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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Who needs authorisation?
by Googol on Tue 15th Apr 2008 07:11 UTC
Googol
Member since:
2006-11-24

Noone. It's a PC. Its mainboard is capable of booting OSX. How does this make for a clone..? There are plenty mainboards now that can boot OSX, that does not make them 'clones', especially not unauthorised ones. It is the other way round: Apple runs now on PC hardware, given the right BIOS.

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RE: Who needs authorisation?
by Doc Pain on Tue 15th Apr 2008 12:36 in reply to "Who needs authorisation?"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Noone. It's a PC. Its mainboard is capable of booting OSX. How does this make for a clone..? There are plenty mainboards now that can boot OSX, that does not make them 'clones', especially not unauthorised ones. It is the other way round: Apple runs now on PC hardware, given the right BIOS.


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?

I agree with your idea that a simple exchange of the BIOS would not turn a generic x86 board into an Apple clone. But I can't imagine that this is the only significant difference between generic x86 and Apple-made systems...

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DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

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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alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

No its not quite that simple. Go to osx86 and read the forums.

But, its getting closer and closer to that. And yes, essentially the only difference now between an Intel PC shipped by Apple and one shipped by Dell is EFI.

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