Maxxuss Releases SS3 Emulator and AMD Enabler for OS X 10.4.4 (Intel)
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There is a great deal of activity in the Apple OS X for white-box Intel PC world right now. In a follow-up to my previous posting regarding Maxxuss cracking Apple OSX 10.4.4, SSE2 and AMD machines are now supported. Also, Base-Patches have been updated to version 0.3 (See 2.19.2006 Update below).
Here is a snippet from Maxxuss’ site:
The v0.3 patches require an Intel CPU and SSE3. NX/XD support is not required, and Mac OS X works native and under VMWare.
However, AMD CPUs are supported by the AMD Enabler, and SSE2 CPUs are supported by the SSE3 Emulator…
In other developments, the OSx86 Project Forums were taken down after they were served with a DMCA violation notice. As of February 17, 2006 @ 21:05 ET, the site reads:
We’re sorry to report that despite our best efforts, the OSx86 Project has been served with a DMCA violation notice. The forum will be unavailable while we evaluate its contents to remove any violations present. We thank you for your patience in this matter.
There is no word yet if they’ll be brought back at all. Unfortunately, Apple does not realize that these sorts of tactics don’t work in the x86 world. If Apple pushes harder, then this community will go underground as so many have before. Quite frankly, Apple is wasting its time and should focus on releasing more Intel-equipped hardware than chasing a tiny community concerned with breaking through the TPM puzzle. However, the effect of the OSx86 Project Forum shut down did not go unnoticed and led to speculation of an Apple crackdown when Win2OSX was taken offline. At this time, the IRC channel topic reads:
Site is/was down because it took excessive traffic – IT IS NOT DMCA-RELATED.’ Set by Kal on Fri Feb 17 13:00:08
So it is probably safe to say that there is a chance that Win2OSX may be back whenever they get to paying their hosting bills.
UPDATE (2.18.2006): The OSx86 Project posted an announcement about the forums being brought back online. Apparently they’ve removed the offending posts/links but that doesn’t mean they won’t be hit again. I’m going to suggest people head over to the 360 Insider Forums for searching through old issues. Any new posts should be posted to the Non-Chinese Discussion forum at OSX86China Forum for, ironically, uncensored discussion.
UPDATE (2.19.2006): Maxxuss has released his latest patch set: Patch Solution v1.0 (Search terms on Google Germany: maxxuss patch solution 09.55). This integrates and supercedes all earlier patches. Native or VMWare guest install instructions are on his site. The easiest install instructions are at Radiotux.
UPDATE (2.20.2006): Although it is against my ideology of Free Speech, I have voluntarily removed some links to The Pirate Bay Bittorrent site. I think Google should remove this informtion as well because it tells users where to get OS X 10.4.4 Restore Disc necessary for the install.
UPDATE (2.21.2006): I’ve posted a full entry on Maxxuss’ site being unavailable. All updates on this topic from today will be in that post. Thanks to Zeth for the heads up. Also a review of someone installing a hacked copy of OS X 10.4.4 is posted at Cavemonkey50.
UPDATE (2.23.2006): Apparently Win2osx was sent a DMCA notice at the same time as OSx86 Project. Their provider took down the site while Win2osx removed links to Maxxuss’ site and other infringing material. Although the Apple lawyer later said they were in compliance, the hosting site still hasn’t restored Win2osx. The story is up on Digg (#win2osx ops have asked that people digg the story) and exchange of emails between Win2osx and the Apple lawyer have been made public.
If there are any other new developments, don’t hesitate to shoot me an e-mail or dropping a comment below.
As always, I don’t condone piracy so please don’t do anything illegal.