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Snow Leopard update Blocks Intel Atom

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Mac OS X Leopard 10.6.2 will break your hackintosh. The forthcoming OS update will not run on the Intel Atom processor, a rather petty move from Apple which, if true, will break many netbooks which have been hacked to run as more than passable Macs.


This news comes from Stellarola, the hacker who helped us out extensively with the original (and still the best) Gadget Lab hackintosh. Here’s what he has to say:


"In the current developer build of 10.6.2, Apple appears to have changed around a lot of CPU related information. One of the effects of this is Apple killing off Intel’s Atom chip."


The important word there is “current”. The latest seed could change before being released as an actual update. But Stella knows what he’s talking about (he’s one of the guys behind the OSx86 method for easily installing the Mac OS on non-Apple machines), and recommends keeping your frankenmacs loaded with 10.6.1 for now.


This wouldn’t surprise us, especially as Apple seems to have gotten a taste for locking out unauthorized hardware with the Palm Pre cat and mouse game.


Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/11/sno...s-hackintoshes/

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At the moment, this won't affect me. My Dell Mini 10v is running a more than stable Leopard install, though I want to put Snow on it as well. If Apple blocks the Atom from working, then I'm going to be in a lot of trouble. Especially since my XP install on there is, to put it lightly, screwed.


I understand that Apple doesn't like Hackintoshes, and I understand that Apple wants people to buy their hardware, but THEY DONT OFFER NETBOOKS. My entire school schedule, as well as my work and what-not is stored in iCal, and to lose that information would be a disaster.

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See, this is how it's always worked. The OS updates break every hack, forcing the community to figure out how to compensate...until the next patch.


In healthcare, this is called "rationing by inconvenience" and it can probably be applied here as well.

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