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."
Thread beginning with comment 95631
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Technically, it isn't OS X.
by snozzberry on Tue 14th Feb 2006 23:46 UTC
snozzberry
Member since:
2005-11-14

For one thing, his patches involve replacing the entire Mach kernel which is the heart of OS X and what separates it from other BSDs as well as Linux.

What you end up with is actually a lot closer to an emulated OS rather than the OS proper, except with sloppier HW support and the moment the OS expects to talk to EFI, good luck to you.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Technically, it isn't OS X.
by Chreo on Wed 15th Feb 2006 10:33 in reply to "Technically, it isn't OS X."
Chreo Member since:
2005-07-06

Tho I have not looked into this one bit, you can't exactly say that Darwin is NOT part of MacOS X and since I'm guessing they used OpenDarwin that would make is VERY much Mac OS X in my view. That said without looking into the issue.

The OS *should* not talk to EFI, those parts should be in kernel/driver and could be translated/emulated to BIOS (tho EFI is coming soon to generic motherboards soon).

Reply Parent Score: 1