I wanted to start a thread where we could discuss our views about the changes in the OSx86 Community over the years and where it seems to be heading. Now I want to preface things by saying that I am one of those old guys who resists change and likes things as I remember them to be. I recognize that, if left to me, this community would probably become stagnant because changes in technology are typically fast and furious and, if our past is any indication, there have been huge strides in our ability to utilize and expand upon the OS X operating system.
Now, I am no developer nor tech wiz - I am a lawyer who likes to mess with computers in my spare time. I used to really enjoy doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles and the more complicated and difficult they were, the more I liked them. But when I got good at those and finished them, all I had to show for it was a filled-out crossword puzzle or picture from a completed jigsaw puzzle. I remember building my first computer in the very early 1990s - it was a pentium 75 with 500 kb of ram and 750 mb hard drive. There were so many jumpers and nothing was easy. But when I was done, I had a working computer. When I belatedly discovered that there were people installing OS X on PC computers, I was intrigued because it again seemed like a very complicated process but, like building computers, when I was done, I would have a computer unlike any the people I know had ever seen. (I say belatedly because I started out installing 10.5.1 with a distro.) I had 10.5.8 running on my AMD desktop computer but decided that my future with OSx86 would be laptops. I first got Leopard running on a Dell Inspiron 6000. Then, I got Snow Leopard running on a Dell Inspiron 1720. Lion also ran great on that laptop. Then came ML and my X3100 graphics couldn't handle 64-bit drivers. That prompted me to buy my current HP Envy 17t-3200.
Over the years, I learned to apply various fixes to my DSDT. I never used a patching app, I always applied the fixes by copying and pasting them into my DSDT. When the fixes came in patching format, I had to change the format so that I could apply it manually and without any patcher. Eventually, I got to the point where I can install a new OS X operating system without any modified kexts. I still need a ps2 kext, an ethernet kext, the generic brightness kext and I use voodoohda instead of applehda so that I can get my subwoofer to work. But my days of rolling back to earlier versions of Apple kexts are behind me.
In sum, what was once a complicated puzzle for me, yielding a seldom-seen phenomenon, OS X on a PC computer, is now more like making instant coffee. Teenagers who know little about computers and have no desire to learn about them can install OS X using Myhack, Pandora, and Tonymacx86's beast app. I don't think it's snobby to want people to be knowledgeable about OSx86 in order to have a working Hackintosh. I personally support the quizzes we have here to limit posts by newbies. I personally did not learn about this process by asking questions. I learned by reading others' experiences and experimenting on my own.
Where do you think we are heading in terms of mass-use of OS X installers? Do you think Apple cares and may do something about it? Do you welcome the influx of a new generation of OS X users who sometimes seem to take for granted that OS X can run on a PC? I, personally, am still amazed at the opportunities that were made possible by the FakeSMC.kext. Every time I see DSMOS has arrived, I can't help but grin a little.
Look, it may be that, just like every other crossword puzzle and jigsaw puzzle I encounter, I will finish with this and have to find a new challenge. I just didn't think it would happen so quickly. What do you think?