While the majority of hackintoshes we've seen recently have involved netbooks, there's something to be said for making your own $2700 Mac Pro for $900 in components... and a cardboard box.
Not only can this 2007 model UX490 quad-boot into OS X, Windows 7, XP Pro, and Vista Business, but its specs have been overhauled. A voice-capable HSPA modem has been added, plus a faster CPU and larger solid-state hard disk.
The 10.6.2 update for Snow Leopard didn't include Atom chipset support, so it wouldn't work on hackintoshes—but didn't keep enterprising hackers from finding a workaround. They promised it last week, and now they've delivered: Atom support is back, although apparently implementing the fix isn't the easiest project.…
High-Def Flash video is a stretch on some hacktintosh netbooks, but Flash 10.1 brings it into the realm of possibility. I just installed it on my MSI Wind running Leopard, and damn: HD YouTube and Vimeo videos were almost watchable.
When Apple killed Atom processor support in the Snow Leopard 10.6.2 update, it was one of the first times they'd actively tried to stop hobbyist hackintoshing. It was also sort of a dick move! Luckily, it's not going to stick.
Psystar's Rebel EFI software promises that you can install OS X on any PC with a Core 2 Duo, Quad, i7 or Xeon Nehalem processor for $50, but we are discovering that you will probably end up getting screwed royally.
Here's the pitch: a 10-inch, almost-pocketable computer running Snow Leopard, the latest, greatest version of OS X. It costs just $300. Sound good? Here's how to make your own.
In case you missed it, Psystar's new downloadable software lets you install OS X on any PC with a Core 2 Duo, Quad, i7 or Xeon Nehalem processor. CrunchGear tried it on an HP TouchSmart, and even the touchscreen worked.
Not content with waging a crazy legal battle with Apple based on just selling hardware with Snow Leopard on it, Psystar is now selling software that lets you put OS X on any new PC.
Check out the machine Intel used to demo their insanely fast 10Gbps Light Peak optical data transfer tech at IDF: Yep, a hulking freak of a Hackintosh—the only thing that's more awesome than a super teeny tiny Hackintosh.
I'm a little torn. In even acknowledging the OpenBook Nano, I ensure that Apple will shut down Macwind, the company selling stock MSI Wind U100s preloaded with OS X for $399. But that's not the worst of it.