Hackintosh or OSx86 is a collaborative project with the aim of hacking to run the operating system Mac OS X on computers those are not made by Apple Inc. The purpose of this article is not to promote Hackintosh or OSx86 but to discuss Hackintosh or OSx86’s technical part without mentioning the procedures or links.
What is Hackintosh or OSx86 ?
Hackintosh project was probably initiated around June 2005, after the Worldwide Developers Conference and the announcement of Apple’s transition from PowerPC processors to Intel processors. It opened an old opportunity, to use a boot loader which was actually created for running Mac OS for developmental purpose, not for public.
Computers which run this kind of Mac OS X are called Hackintosh, from the words hack and Macintosh. Apple does not allow to use Mac OS X on hardware those are not designed by Apple.
Image : (Source Omitted) A special package of Hackintosh or OSx86, note the modified splash screen
Its after clicking the "About this Mac" link
Hackintosh falls in the Grey area as Apple, by Court’s order can take action through proper channel for commercial sell or distribution of Hackintosh or any method to crack Mac OS X to run on non Apple laptops and desktops. Finder works fine, probably it shows the real power of UNIX based OS.Advertisement
Our experimental experience with Hackintosh
Its quite painful to install Hackintosh on a Laptop. Due to non available drivers, display usually shows the native resolution with Intel chipsets. Most devices are painful to install and if the need is to use a UNIX OS, Ubuntu or CentOS can perform far better legally, safely and at free of cost versus Hackintosh. The biggest negative point of Hackintosh is, the hardware remains of usually made of economy grade plastics and the tabs on the screen looks glossy, as a Mac user it created a peculiar feeling with Hackintosh. Kernel Panics are usual with Hackintosh. It can seriously damage the hardwares.
There are many differences with original Mac OS X and Hackintosh or OSx86. The performance is actually a bit slower with same size of RAM, probably due to defect in the base exploit. Installing other third party softwares can create Kernel Panic, the loading time of Hackintosh takes more time than regular Mac OS X.
How Hackintosh basically exploits the hardware protection
We tested Hackintosh with Chameleon boot loader, there are other boot loaders as well. Boot loaders were used for Hackintosh before, now the Hackintosh users uses various other methods. Live DVD is probably used popularly.