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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RE[2]: hmm..
by MamiyaOtaru on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:15 UTC in reply to "RE: hmm.."
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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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