Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2006 22:49 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Mac OS X It seems like flee-in-Apple's-fur, cracker 'Maxxuss', has succeeded in cracking Mac OS 10.4.4 for Intel. "We were just about to hunker down and wait through the cold winter and a wet spring until we saw some results on the OS X 10.4.4 for Intel hacking efforts, but it looks like we're getting a little Valentines present from 'Maxxuss' who has already broken through Apple's heightened security that is present in their shipping version of the OS. It's just a preliminary release, not all hardware is supported and it requires a bit of futzing around to get it to work, but seeing as we weren't expecting this kind of breakthrough this early, we really can't complain."
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hmm..
by tastytaste on Tue 14th Feb 2006 22:59 UTC
tastytaste
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2005-07-08

if he's such a whiz kid then lets see him boot XP on a macintel

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RE: hmm..
by bytecoder on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:03 in reply to "hmm.."
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2005-11-27

Who would want to? Seems like a waste of good hardware to me ;)

Edited 2006-02-14 23:03

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by Kroc on Wed 15th Feb 2006 08:44 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-11-10

*le sigh*

When will you people realise that getting XP running on Macs will be the number 1 biggest thing to drive new people to OSX.

You don't pay a huge amount for a Macbook and then only run Windows. You buy it because you want OSX, you want iLife, you want the better computing experience, but you don't want to go cold turkey without your legacy apps and games.

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by as400tek on Wed 15th Feb 2006 18:34 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2006-02-15

"Who would want to? Seems like a waste of good hardware to me ;) "

Agreed!

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RE: hmm..
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:03 in reply to "hmm.."
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2005-06-29

Yeah, I'd rather see this cracker use his expertise to do legal things instead of this stuff... But oh well, apparantly there's a market for half-baked OSX installs on cheap self-built crap in a lot of basements around the world.

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by DevL on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:07 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-07-06

Like I said, people always flock to "free lunches" even if only junk food is served...

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by MamiyaOtaru on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:15 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-11-11

apparantly there's a market for half-baked OSX installs on cheap self-built crap in a lot of basements around the world.

There was in Maxxuss' basement at least. Or maybe he just wanted a challenge. He's probably just scratching his own itch, I rather doubt he did it to satisfy some hypothetical widespread clamoring.

Regardless, it will remain a fringe activity. Every new version of OSX will require the same effort, likely every patch as well. While he will likely be up to it, average computer user will not find it a workable situation.

It's no threat to Apple. They might not like it, and of course we can decry those who just want to get OSX for free, but it really can't hurt Apple. The amount of people who will be willing to put up with the whole patching situation is going to be extremely minimal, and a lot of those folks may be motivated to get themselves the legit item after getting a taste.

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by the_trapper on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:16 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-07-07

Yeah, I'd rather see this cracker use his expertise to do legal things instead of this stuff...

What he is doing is not illegal everywhere.

But oh well, apparantly there's a market for half-baked OSX installs on cheap self-built crap in a lot of basements around the world.

Maybe there's a market for legally purchased copies of Mac OS X running on the hardware of our choice. Not all of the "self-built crap" is cheap Thom. As far as I am concerned it is only stealing if you don't pay Apple for OS X.

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by porcel on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:21 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2006-01-28

And apparently, there is a market for wanna-be editors who never went to journalism school but boost their ego by putting down the efforts of others who are far more capable than them.

Guess what, people don't like limitations or being told that you can only use this software on this hardware because I control you and what you can do.

The quest for freedom is a universal human need.

Go ahead, mod me down to kingdom come. It will just show your immaturity

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by miscz on Wed 15th Feb 2006 00:27 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-07-17

But oh well, apparantly there's a market for half-baked OSX installs on cheap self-built crap in a lot of basements around the world.
Oh please, stop this dull grey crap propaganda. My notebook is far from being self-built or looking bad and OSX fits it nicely.

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by Celerate on Wed 15th Feb 2006 00:48 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-06-29

"But oh well, apparantly there's a market for half-baked OSX installs on cheap self-built crap in a lot of basements around the world."

What makes you think that being a smart consumer and building a computer at home makes the hardware any worse, did you forget that article on what hardware is behind the shiny aluminum panels of Macs already?
http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=12671

Home building a computer means that you can heave the exact same parts minus the branded case for much cheaper, how then would being home built make the case cheaper. And for that matter most people building their own computers are putting together powerful systems, not cheap ones.

If people were going to use cheap computers they wouldn't home build them, they'd buy an e-machines computer for $300. Home built computers are in majority much higher end and would put even the iMac line to shame.

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by MORB on Wed 15th Feb 2006 08:59 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-07-06

Yeah, I'd rather see this cracker use his expertise to do legal things instead of this stuff... But oh well, apparantly there's a market for half-baked OSX installs on cheap self-built crap in a lot of basements around the world.

Myself, I'd rather see companies like apple not waste their time creating complicated protection schemes that are bound to be cracked eventually.
Especially in apple's case where there is so little incentive (except the technical challenge, but that wouldn't even be there if there was no protection to begin with) to make their os work on a regular pc because of the lack of drivers and such.

Edited 2006-02-15 09:00

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by dylansmrjones on Wed 15th Feb 2006 12:49 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-10-02

If he lives in Europe (let's say Holland or Denmark) his actions are perfectly legal, Thom. And you know that.

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by as400tek on Wed 15th Feb 2006 18:35 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2006-02-15

Long Live Maxxuss....Long Live Apple

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by l3v1 on Sun 19th Feb 2006 18:59 in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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2005-07-06

market for half-baked OSX installs on cheap self-built crap in a lot of basements

I guess spitting out idiotic remarks about people who really spend quite a lot of their rightfully earned money on absolutely not crappy hardware has just got fashionable among internet "journalists" ?

It's one thing stating your opinion about someone cracking an OS whose EULA is not even valid everywhere on this planet. It's another thing to make useless idiotic remarks about people who have the money, the time and the knowledge to buil their fraggin' good systems at home.

Your remarks make more an impression of a person living in a basement than the actions of someone hacking OSX for whatever reason.

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