(Note:: The following series of posts is a non-techie account of my “venture” into a techie hack what blabber. A good basic knowledge of computing and OS sense is needed to fully understand it. However, I tried to write it in a more simplistic and jargon less way to emphasize more on the frustrations and joys of an average guy diving into the realm of the hack geeks. In other words, humanizing the seemingly programmed technicalities. So I ask my readers to bear with me and enjoy more of my story telling!)
Call me freak but I love to mess around OSes just for the heck of it. I jump late into adapting technologies, but when I do , I usually go insanely obsessive. From my early DOS, windoze, and Linux days, I find myself experimenting with OS’es to suit my computing needs.
Months ago, a friend thought-provoked me to build a “mac” on an intel based computer. A hackintosh, as these geeks call it, is an apple operating system running on an intel platform. Years ago this was almost impossible as Apple’s proprietary OSes is entirely tied up with Apple designed hardware. When apple released Macs with OS line that run on intel platform, hackintosh gained momentum. Nowadays, with sheer determination and patience, its possible to run OS X 10. 3 (Snow Leopard) on some intel based PC.
My first OS X experience came with my MacBook Pro. Up front, I think OS X’s stability and robust build is probably enough for me to try “hackintosh” on my desktop. I have a Core 2 Quad 2.66 Ghz plugged on an Asus P5KPL-AM EPU motherboard with 4G of RAM and 1 TB (total) of hard drive. This rig which I use for my routine work is currently on dual boot Windoze 7 and Ubuntu Studio (Karmic Koala). After some reading on the net (OSX86 wiki, insanely mac, lifehacker) and “consultations” (actually forum comments, FB here and there) with hackintosh enthusiasts, I found out a distro of OSX86 ( Iatkos S3 V2) might run on my PC specifications. I said might, because in reality, what is assured only are sleepless, frustrating nights of repeated, usually incomplete, OSX installation. I have been forewarned actually, but given a system that was supposed to be tested running OS X86 plus pure hardheadedness, I’m giving hackintosh a try.
Question is, am I techie enough to plunge into this stuff? What will I get out of this ?I don’t know. But I wouldn’t find out if I’m not going to try. Next post, I’m going to post half of what has happened during install. So, bear with me for the moment. In the meantime, if your curious enough about OS X86 or hackintosh, why not head over this wiki for a little bit of fyi stuff.