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Mac OSX on Assembled Systems ?

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January 28, 2010 4:31:33 AM

Hi,

Can someone pls educate me as in why we cannot install Mac OS X on self-built assembled systems now when everything from processors to motherboard (INTEL) to hard disks (SEAGATE) are same in Mac (Apple Hardware) aswell as normal IBM or HP workstations. ?
January 28, 2010 6:06:38 AM

You can, in principle. It's just that Apple don't let you do it legally. It's not difficult (with the help of Google) to put together a system that will run OS X better than any Apple machine, if you're prepared to ignore Apples's licensing.
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January 28, 2010 5:46:28 PM

Google "hackintosh".
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January 28, 2010 6:00:14 PM

I used Ideneb Distro on a Dell Vostro 200 just for fun I personally don't like macs but the project was fun. Sound was the hardest to get working but after that I was really happy with it it was just a e5300 2.6 ghz 6 gigs ram (wanted to mess with video editing) and a spare 9600gt I had laying about. I was very impress I was expecting lag and such as this is not really supposed to work... I had none, exept for the ugly Dell PC and screen you would never know you were not sitting at a mac. Well have fun I did. :) 

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January 29, 2010 6:36:15 AM

Does that really work flawlessly, as smooth as windows ?
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January 29, 2010 6:41:27 AM

Ijack said:
You can, in principle. It's just that Apple don't let you do it legally. It's not difficult (with the help of Google) to put together a system that will run OS X better than any Apple machine, if you're prepared to ignore Apples's licensing.


Ok Lets say, after legally buying a Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger from amazon.com. Can't i fiddle around with it anyway i want. Whats illegal in it.? What does the legal agreement say?
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January 29, 2010 6:52:55 AM

You can find the various Apple EULAs here.

Before Snow Leopard the situation is interesting as the EULA says: "This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time." You'll find if you buy a copy of, say Leopard, that included in the box are two nice Apple labels; so if you stick one of these on your PC...? To my mind that was open to debate until Apple changed the EULA for Snow Leopard to read: "use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at a time".

So why the change from "Apple-labeled" to "Apple-branded"? I would say that Apple's lawyers realized the loophole they had created, particularly as they supply you with those Apple labels. So I am happy that it is legal to run Leopard and before on any hardware (as long as you stick an Apple label on it), but not Snow Leopard. This, of course, does not take account of the fact that in some jurisdictions such restrictive EULA have no validity.
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January 29, 2010 11:42:35 AM

@ ijak

Very interesting. I think the day is not far enough when apple will be distributing its OS for all brands & labels
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January 29, 2010 11:45:10 AM

Can I really make it work flawlessly on Intel server board 5500 series with 2x 3.3 Ghz Xeon processors.? I mean as smooth as we run windows?
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January 29, 2010 5:06:59 PM

Ok no one will know the exact answer for this I will say the answer is yes with a but... How much time are you willing to put into it... It is very hard to get all hardware working unless you are extreeeeemly lucky you will learn things you never wanted to know (if you are doing it right :)  ) AKA journaled extended HD format kexts what they are how to manipulate.. kernals what they are and how to pick the one for you lalala it is a big job you CANNOT buy a leopard disk install and be like yay that was fun and start working LOL. You have to get a pre hacked Leo disk such as Leoforall or Iatkos or the one I am using Ideneb. during install before it actually starts installing you have to pick custom and them pick your hardware for any hope of anything working.. You will have to know EXACTLY what model # you have of things like Network card video and sound card. I had mine up and running fully in about 2 days. Hint you can run all updates but OS some people say thay can run OS updates but I have crashed mine more times than makes it worth the updates to me I am on 10.5.7 and the update to 10.5.8 crashes every time... so I just don't do it. Also to answer your other ? yes it will run just as smooth as Windows and faster than most Macs you will encounter also.. :) 

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January 29, 2010 6:40:18 PM

I actually run it in a VMWare virtual machine. Runs plenty fast enough and I can apply upgrades.
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January 31, 2010 2:46:47 PM

Rebel EFI, hopefully the will sell it again, it is the easiest way to run OSX on a PC.
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February 7, 2010 1:35:46 PM

Every time a hackintosh boots Steve Jobs spits in a cup Skinny Latte.
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