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Snow Leopard Hacked to Bring Back Atom Support

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

It's baaaaaack -- but it's not easy.

When Apple released its 10.6.2 update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, it decided to remove support for the Intel Atom chip. While that means nothing to legitimate Mac users, as there are no Atom-based Apple products, the adventurous PC crowd has been able to shoehorn Mac OS X into netbooks. With most netbooks using the Intel Atom, this meant that the latest update effectively locks out many hackintosh laptops.

Of course, with the hackintosh crowd being built on the foundation of hackers and modders, it didn't take long before someone has hacked 10.6.2 to work again with the Atom.

According to Macworld, a Russian hacker has been able to figure out a way of replacing the 10.6.2 kernel with one that includes support for the Atom. Those of you who aren't used to tinkering around with Mac OS X in Terminal should be very careful of this hack, as it's not a simple point and click operation.

Those going through this procedure will be replacing an Apple-provided kernel with one downloaded from the internet. If that sounds scary, it's because it should be. But hey, the world of hackintosh has always been about unauthorized adventure.

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    tipoo , November 20, 2009 6:12 PM
    Hello Apple,

    Welcome to the world of Microsoft. Soon, very soon, you'll gather enough interest that the hackers, trojan writers, malware players and general nasties will come your way.

    Good luck. You won't win.

    Lukewarm regards,
    -Tipoo
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    doc70 , November 20, 2009 5:29 PM
    "Of course, with the hackintosh crowd being built on the foundation of hackers and modders, it didn't take long before someone has hacked 10.6.2 to work again with the Atom"

    like hacking OSX was that hard... The Mac -powered laptop was the first to go down at that hacker's conf. a couple years ago, in a record time.
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    doc70 , November 20, 2009 5:26 PM
    why bother putting a limited OS on a limited-resource netbook?
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  • 22 Hide
    doc70 , November 20, 2009 5:26 PM
    why bother putting a limited OS on a limited-resource netbook?
  • 23 Hide
    doc70 , November 20, 2009 5:29 PM
    "Of course, with the hackintosh crowd being built on the foundation of hackers and modders, it didn't take long before someone has hacked 10.6.2 to work again with the Atom"

    like hacking OSX was that hard... The Mac -powered laptop was the first to go down at that hacker's conf. a couple years ago, in a record time.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2009 5:37 PM
    For the same reason people climb mountians.
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    sstym , November 20, 2009 5:38 PM
    doc70why bother putting a limited OS on a limited-resource netbook?


    Apple has a couple niche markets in business. Say you are an IT consultant and you deal with people in those markets, a hackintosh is a cheap and convenient way to do get your hands on a computer that can communicate with those and run Apple software.

    You say it's a limited OS? Then it makes sense to not spend too much on a machine that runs it, even if you have to.
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    tipoo , November 20, 2009 6:12 PM
    Hello Apple,

    Welcome to the world of Microsoft. Soon, very soon, you'll gather enough interest that the hackers, trojan writers, malware players and general nasties will come your way.

    Good luck. You won't win.

    Lukewarm regards,
    -Tipoo
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    warmon6 , November 20, 2009 6:31 PM
    you cant win apple. you'll have to join the other side sooner or later
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    bfstev , November 20, 2009 6:33 PM
    He better release the source for that kernel. Aint no way I'd put it in before going over it abit.
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    Honis , November 20, 2009 6:56 PM
    Quote:
    it decided to remove support for the Intel Atom chip
    It never supported the Intel Atom to begin with. It just happened to work before.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2009 8:04 PM
    I think Apple is now going to follow the path of MS, seeing that it always was behind on everything... :D 

    When a company says 'no modding', there will be those who will go against it.
    If apple would have just allowed the hack to exist, nothing much would have changed.
    But now some tweak freaks and hackaholics will spend their precious time of sleep, investigating the Apple OS, and publishing their finds on internet!
    In 2 to 3 years time OSX and about any other Mac OS released, will be open for hacking and modding just like internet.
    The former saying of 'a mac is safer' does not count anymore!

    I have a feeling that very soon some nice mods and hacks will become available to many people, and that the only thing Apple can do is generate a new OS (which is based on the previous OSes), and will probably be hacked too!
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    tayb , November 20, 2009 9:08 PM
    doc70why bother putting a limited OS on a limited-resource netbook?


    If you were to wipe away the thick thick cloud of bias and actually spend a second or two with OS X you would know that it has a much smaller foot print than Windows 7 and uses significantly less system resources.
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    3ul , November 20, 2009 9:12 PM
    Welcome to the club, Apple...
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    DeadCat , November 20, 2009 9:21 PM
    Doom Time for Apple!!!!!

    Buahahaha!!!! >: )
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    AtuBrian , November 20, 2009 11:19 PM
    doc70why bother putting a limited OS on a limited-resource netbook?

    +1
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    r0x0r , November 21, 2009 12:51 AM
    taybIf you were to wipe away the thick thick cloud of bias and actually spend a second or two with OS X you would know that it has a much smaller foot print than Windows 7 and uses significantly less system resources.


    And Linux uses even less, so why not use Linux?

    Because Hackintosh isn't about better performance, it's about doing something that people said cannot or should not be done.
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    Anonymous , November 21, 2009 12:57 AM
    >why bother putting a limited OS on a limited-resource netbook?

    Ehh. because it's not as slow and crappy as windows is on netbooks. I have OSX on my dell mini and it's fast enough to actually use. Seriously the only reason to sticxk with windows is for games and since you can't play any real games on a netbook anyways, might as well use OSX. think of it as linux with MS Office support.
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    falchard , November 21, 2009 2:08 AM
    Man Mac's have so many back doors. How many days has it been since Apple patched out Atom only for it to get hacked back in this many days later?
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    notty22 , November 21, 2009 2:16 AM
    Before using a "hacked" kernel. I would just run, one version back. Not upgrade to the latest kernel. The fixes included are much less important than not being able to use your O/S ! lol
    Ok the atom is a x86 processor with hyperthreading ? How is the o/s eliminating this processor ? I wonder if it looks for a list of all installed intel cpu's or if it looks for the Atom and then rejects ?
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    hakesterman , November 21, 2009 6:31 AM
    Who really cares...................

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    eodeo , November 21, 2009 10:33 AM
    Quote:
    the world of hackintosh has always been about unauthorized adventure.


    not really. It has always been about not paying double (apple tax) for mediocre hardware, while allowing the use of obviously well designed OS.
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