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P.P.S - Sorry for the wait
Well, finally the long awaited guide has been started!
I would say a big thanks to all people daily testing and looking for improved solution to make the OSX porting on non-Apple systems better and more reliable. Don't say thanks to me, I have no credits. I just collected the huge repository of information Internet pops us up!
The goal of that guide is to port into the wonderful world of Sony's Vaio UX series the best OS ever made: Mac OSX Tiger. Of course the guide will be updated (it's a mission now ) frequently, because any day is a good day for minor/major updates, but you will be always informed about these changes. Some peripherals are not supported yet for that don't worry... I'll take care to look for solutions when they will come available.
We will speak also about tips, tricks, applications and everything you need to put OSX on your primary partition (Windows will be the alternative in case you miss your games : P).
There are only two ways to install OSX 10.4.8 legal on your NON-APPLE Computer:
- Become an Apple developer
- Buy an Apple Intel Mac, install a second licensed operating system (Windows XP or Vista) using Apple’s Boot Camp then remove OSX completely, so that you have a legally bought osx86 license.
This means that for most people it is ILLEGAL to install osx on their computer. If you aren’t an Apple developer, leave this guide now.
This site, the author of this guide, is in no way liable or responsible for the actions of its visitors or its readers.
Last but not least... Downloading OSX86 (a pre-patched OSX 10.4.8 install image) IS ILLEGAL.
Table of Contents
- General Overview
- The OSx86 Project
- Setting Up the UX
- Installing OSX
- Preparing Device For Next Phases...
- Setting Up Hardware
- Setting Up Software
- Update To Latest OS and Kernel version (future updates)
- FAQ, Tips And Tricks
- Applications and Useful Tools
Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" is the fifth major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. Tiger was released to the public on April 29, 2005 as the successor to Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther", which was released 18 months earlier. Some of the new features include a fast searching system called Spotlight, a new version of the Safari web browser, Dashboard, a new 'Unified' theme, and improved support for 64-bit addressing on Power Mac G5s. Tiger is also the first version of any released Apple operating system to work on Intel's x86 platform, though it is only intended to operate on Apple-Intel architecture machines such as the iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook, Intel Mac Mini and Mac Pro.[INDENT]Mac OS X x10.4 "Tiger" was originally previewed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in his keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 28, 2004. Later in December 2004, several non-commercial developer releases of Tiger were leaked onto the Internet. As a result Apple sued the file sharers who were distributing Tiger for free by using BitTorrent. On April 12, 2005, it was announced that Tiger would be officially released worldwide on April 29. All Apple Stores around the world held Tiger seminars, presentations and demos.[/INDENT]
On June 6, 2005, at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Jobs announced that almost two million copies had been sold in the six weeks since Tiger's release, making it the most successful operating system release in Apple's history. It was also revealed that Mac OS X had been engineered from its inception to work with Intel's x86 line of processors in addition to the PowerPC, the CPU that the operating system had always been publicly marketed for. Apple announced plans to release the first x86-based computers in June 2006, transitioning the rest of their computers to x86 by June 2007. On January 10, 2006, Apple released their first iMac and MacBook Pro featuring an Intel Core Duo processor, and announced that the entire Apple product line would be transitioned to Intel processors by the end of 2006. Apple then released the Mac Pro and announced the new Xserve on August 8, 2006, completing the Intel transition in 210 days, rather than the full year that they had planned, and roughly ten months ahead of the original schedule.
Before you can proceed, you need an Original version of MacOS X Tiger. You can buy it from here (it's just $129.00).
2.The OSx86 Project
As the OSx86 Project's FAQs write: The OSx86 Project is a site dedicated to running Mac OS X 10.4 (as well as other versions, ie. 10.3) on your beigebox Intel or AMD PC. Projects such as OSx86 have succeeded in allowing the Intel-based version of Mac OS X to run on non-Apple hardware largely by bypassing the TPM in software.
The "Trusted Platform Module," or TPM, is a computer chip embedded inside Intel-based Macs to prevent the Intel-based version of Mac OS X from running on non-Apple hardware. (during installation of Mac OS X, Mac OS X interfaces with the TPM. If Mac OS X finds that the TPM doesn't exist, Mac OS X refuses to install or run.)[INDENT] Apple has repeatedly stated that OS X for Intel will only run on Apple hardware. [/INDENT]There could be many good reasons for Apple to not let OSx86 spread on non proprietary computers. It could boost Apple's Hardware sales via a halo effect similar to the iPod one or simply allow them to up their OS market share. We'll see...
Of course, this is a big debate within the Mac community, because the release of Mac OS X for normal PCs could lead to many problems. Apple's primary reason for selling their computers is the huge profit margins on the hardware. If their operating system was available on any regular PC, they wouldn't make nearly as much profit from hardware sales. Lastly, there is also a problem of drivers. Apple would need to incorporate massive amounts of drivers which would lower the priority for developing better and newer features.
Well, now that you have a good background, it's time to get started!