OT: Anyone have experience in building a "Hackintosh", please PM me.

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Submitted by Coronita on August 9, 2009 - 9:02pm

Really random topic. But I was just wondering if any of you are hackers out there who happened to have had some free time and successfully built a Hackintosh on a Ibm Thinkpad. If so, can you PM me please?

Thank you.

Submitted by bsrsharma on August 9, 2009 - 9:25pm.

What exactly is a "Hackintosh"? Since a Mac runs on Intel chips and BSD Kernel, besides being cheaper, what are it's benefits over running BSD on a Thinkpad? Also, isn't it true that Apple is very religious about aggressively prosecuting anyone who tries to put MacOS on non-Apple hardware?

Beware of DMCA. You will be surprised to know how easily Apple can get you arrested! I know some big and famous companies who sent to jail some ex-engineers who emailed some source code they were working with to their personal accounts (from company machines).

Submitted by Oxford on August 9, 2009 - 9:41pm.

hackintosh? oh i thought you meant the guy who lived in the (foreclosure) house I am having inspected tomorrow.

he hack-sawed all the pool equipment (4 pumps), all light system for pool, irrigation heads, pulled out all wires, controllers, patio covers, ceiling speakers and gouged out the central beam to his house so he could put in some speakers.

Submitted by Coronita on August 9, 2009 - 10:36pm.

Sigh. If you have to ask, you don't know :)

(See picture below...not my laptop)

http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index....

http://hackaday.com/2009/01/14/apple-for...

Was hoping for a backup to build a small iphone module away from home just in case. Just exploring options.

Otherwise, ubuntu is way more flexible for what I need 95% of the time.

Submitted by bsrsharma on August 9, 2009 - 10:45pm.

Interesting; I think I will try it on an older PC when I get some time. Obviously, you don't want to publicize it too much and attract Apple's attention.

Submitted by creechrr on August 10, 2009 - 8:26am.

I ran 10.5 on a Dell Mini 9 for a week...not worth the hassle.

Submitted by afx114 on August 10, 2009 - 9:59am.

Sorry for the semi-threadjack, but I'm wondering about swinging the other way... Parallels vs VMware: Which do you recommend?

Submitted by Aecetia on August 10, 2009 - 10:03am.

So that is not the sanctum sanctorum de flu?

Submitted by dbapig on August 10, 2009 - 12:22pm.

not worth the trouble.

Submitted by dbapig on August 10, 2009 - 12:26pm.

afx114 wrote:
Sorry for the semi-threadjack, but I'm wondering about swinging the other way... Parallels vs VMware: Which do you recommend?

Try VirtualBox. Free. Not full featured but it's free so you can try without spending $.

Submitted by dbapig on August 10, 2009 - 12:24pm.

bsrsharma wrote:
Interesting; I think I will try it on an older PC when I get some time. Obviously, you don't want to publicize it too much and attract Apple's attention.

Don't worry about it. Apple's well informed.

http://www.osx86project.org/

Submitted by dbapig on August 10, 2009 - 12:26pm.

bsrsharma wrote:
I know some big and famous companies who sent to jail some ex-engineers who emailed some source code they were working with to their personal accounts (from company machines).

Email source code with company machines? They deserve to be jailed, not for the criminality, but for stupidity.

Ever heard of Flash drive?

Submitted by ucodegen on August 10, 2009 - 1:35pm.

@flu

Otherwise, ubuntu is way more flexible for what I need 95% of the time.

You may also want to consider Fedora Core 10 or 11. There is a lot more in the FC10 distro than the Ubuntu... which can be a plus or minus. With FC10, if you are going to development work, you need to alter the default install which will not include the dev environment(Its menu driven and easy to do). I have FC10 on my old Dell M60 and it seems to have no problem.. though I do with I had a bigger hard drive (I have both W2k and FC10 on the notebook). If you are going to try FC10/11, you will probably want to use BitTorrent to download it, or I can make a copy of my DVD... 'message' me for further info.

Submitted by patb on August 10, 2009 - 2:27pm.

afx114 wrote:
Sorry for the semi-threadjack, but I'm wondering about swinging the other way... Parallels vs VMware: Which do you recommend?

VMWare is reported to be better.
I use parallels it's okay but the customer support is in minsk, no kidding.

a few years ago parallels was better, now VMWare is reported to be better,
but it's not order of magnitude difference.

Submitted by afx114 on August 10, 2009 - 2:57pm.

ucodegen wrote:
You may also want to consider Fedora Core 10 or 11.

A caveat to using Fedora Core is that it is their "bleeding edge" branch. Normally that is a plus, but it's bitten me in the ass before. General rule of thumb is to only go with Fedora Core if you are ok with stuff potentially breaking or being incompatible. If you want something stable FC is not the way to go. But if you need the latest versions of everything, FC is sweet.

Submitted by Coronita on August 10, 2009 - 9:55pm.

afx114 wrote:
Sorry for the semi-threadjack, but I'm wondering about swinging the other way... Parallels vs VMware: Which do you recommend?

I use virtualbox, and map actually partitions to the disk image so that I can triple boot or run a virtualized instance without having to keep duplicate copies of the same os. The only problem is with WindozeXP with SP3 if I boot from WindozeXP and then later if I run WindozeXP from a virtualized instance from either OSX or Ubuntu, I need to redo the product activation.

Submitted by Coronita on August 10, 2009 - 9:56pm.

dbapig wrote:
bsrsharma wrote:
I know some big and famous companies who sent to jail some ex-engineers who emailed some source code they were working with to their personal accounts (from company machines).

Email source code with company machines? They deserve to be jailed, not for the criminality, but for stupidity.

Ever heard of Flash drive?

Actually, this was for my private endeavors. I wouldn't ever think about doing this on my employer's machine because among other things, good luck getting support for it :)

Submitted by Oxford on August 10, 2009 - 10:04pm.

I use Parallels and love it. Works great.

OX
...swings both ways

Submitted by Coronita on August 10, 2009 - 10:13pm.

Oxford wrote:
I use Parallels and love it. Works great.

OX
...swings both ways

Speaking of swinging...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qWhYlhfWCI

My eyes, my eyes.

Submitted by ucodegen on August 11, 2009 - 12:45am.

A caveat to using Fedora Core is that it is their "bleeding edge" branch. Normally that is a plus, but it's bitten me in the ass before. General rule of thumb is to only go with Fedora Core if you are ok with stuff potentially breaking or being incompatible.

To avoid the bleeding/breaking, I tend to be about 1 rev behind the current... and can pick up 'updates' to fix the one installed. That is why I am running FC10 though FC11 is out.

I have noticed less FC breakage these days though.

Speaking of swinging...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qWhYlhfWCI

Hope he realizes that he can't throw a computer into the trash.. has to be recycled.. and to do in the drive, you have to do more than bang on the other components. It was surprising how tough the computer was though..

Submitted by afx114 on August 11, 2009 - 10:17am.

ucodegen wrote:
To avoid the bleeding/breaking, I tend to be about 1 rev behind the current... and can pick up 'updates' to fix the one installed. That is why I am running FC10 though FC11 is out.

I used to do that too until I realized they swiftly cut off support/updates to old Cores after only a year or so. This is the 'bitten in the ass' to which I referred. So if you plan on using your machine for more than a year, I wouldn't recommend Fedora Core unless you're cool with doing a full system update every year (which isn't always possible in some environments where downtime is a no-no).

Submitted by dbapig on August 11, 2009 - 10:39am.

afx114 wrote:
ucodegen wrote:
To avoid the bleeding/breaking, I tend to be about 1 rev behind the current... and can pick up 'updates' to fix the one installed. That is why I am running FC10 though FC11 is out.

I used to do that too until I realized they swiftly cut off support/updates to old Cores after only a year or so. This is the 'bitten in the ass' to which I referred. So if you plan on using your machine for more than a year, I wouldn't recommend Fedora Core unless you're cool with doing a full system update every year (which isn't always possible in some environments where downtime is a no-no).

You should look into CentOS. Not as bleeding edge as FC but pretty good. It's basically free version of Red Hat Enterprise.

http://www.centos.org/

Submitted by afx114 on August 11, 2009 - 12:05pm.

dbapig wrote:
You should look into CentOS. Not as bleeding edge as FC but pretty good. It's basically free version of Red Hat Enterprise.

Yep, we went to CentOS after Fedora dropped support/updates on a few of our FC web boxes. CentOS has been great so far. The only bummer is they go the opposite direction -- a bit too conservative. For example, they ship/update to PHP 5.1, even though 5.2 has been out since 2006! I had to use a 3rd party repo to get it up to 5.2. So it's a trade-off in each direction.

Submitted by BGinRB on August 12, 2009 - 9:51pm.

afx114 wrote:
dbapig wrote:
You should look into CentOS. Not as bleeding edge as FC but pretty good. It's basically free version of Red Hat Enterprise.

Yep, we went to CentOS after Fedora dropped support/updates on a few of our FC web boxes. CentOS has been great so far. The only bummer is they go the opposite direction -- a bit too conservative. For example, they ship/update to PHP 5.1, even though 5.2 has been out since 2006! I had to use a 3rd party repo to get it up to 5.2. So it's a trade-off in each direction.

I second CentOS as a production environment. And recommend PHP 5.3. If namespaces, late static binding and and closures are not convincing enough the introduction of labels will seal the deal.

Submitted by LAAFTERHOURS on August 14, 2009 - 8:27pm.

http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread....

Talk about right timing - build your own hackintosh for under 200.

Submitted by BGinRB on August 15, 2009 - 10:33am.

LAAFTERHOURS wrote:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?threadid=1506699

Talk about right timing - build your own hackintosh for under 200.

It's a bit easier with desktops since you can swap components at will. VAIO with G965 is a b*tch, took me too long.

Submitted by Mark Holmes on August 15, 2009 - 11:40am.

Seems to me like the best bet is to just buy a Hackintosh from Psystar:

http://store.psystar.com/

I personally wish that Apple would just put out a reasonably priced tower desktop. I mean, their current desktops (meaning towers that you can easily replace internals on) START at $2499. My current tower, a G5 Dual 2.0, will be obsolete with their new OS, which only runs on Intel based Macs, but I'll be damned if I'll pay near $3,000 for my next Mac.

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