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OS X on a PC

This is one of those computer nerd things so I'll make it an extended entry.

Because I'm the curious type, I acquired a copy of OS X that will run on a PC instead of a Mac computer. Why did I do it? Because I wanted to see if it could be done. I have no intention of running OS X because I personally think it's a crap OS. Example: The fact you can't cut/paste a file out of one window to another is completely stupid. Note that I said cut, not copy. You can copy files out of a window in OS X until you're blue in the face, but you can't cut. That's stupid.

To make things even more interesting, I installed OS X on an external USB hard drive. Did it work? Not on the first installation attempt, but after a few times it did. And not everything worked. The display resolution was wrong and non-fixable, the NIC didn't work and the sound didn't work. But everything else did. I suppose if I really buckled down and got all the fixes I could get a proper "Hackintosh" working correctly, but I don't have the patience for that.

After messing around with OS X for about an hour I shut it down, popped in my Sabayon Linux DVD and put that back on the drive. My mission was accomplished. I installed OS X on a non-Apple PC. It ran like crap, but that was no surprise since the OS was "expecting" Apple hardware and didn't find any. The goal was to see if it could actually be done, and yes it's possible.

To anyone out there thinking about putting OS X on a PC, I'll say this:

Don't waste your time. Most guys who want OS X on non-Apple hardware are Mactards looking to take the "cheap way out". They use OS X and really like it, but don't want to spend the cash on another Macbook, iMac or whatever Mac you use. If that's your situation, I sincerely empathize with you - but the fact of the matter is that you're sucked into the money pit known as Apple. You want OS X? Pony up and buy another Mac. There's no other way to do it right. If that's out of your price range, Sabayon Linux is one of the few distros that can be made to look and act very similar to OS X - and at least that works 100%.

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