I’m throwing in the towel on getting my hackintoshed Dell Mini to work. It’s just too hard to get things going on it.
All I want to do is run the development environment, so if anyone out there has a Mac Mini they are looking to closet in favor of the new hotness, please let me know. Much appreciated…
UPDATE: It occurs to me that the AppleTV boxes are only $100. Do they run OSX under the hood? Is it posible to hack these to install the development environment?
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My understanding is that AppleTV runs iOS.
thats what I’ve heard, but it stil doesnt seem to support installing normal iOS apps out of the box. It still requires hacking but I just dont know where to start (hackintosh.org has such massive forums that its very hard to find wheat from chaff there)
i can see why Apple would be averse to allowing the aTV to be used as a mac of course – its 5x cheaper than a mini. Which is why I want to try to hack it 🙂
You are aware, I presume, that Apple TV is built around an ARM processor while Macs run Intel?
Have you tried a virtualized OSX? Some folks are doing it using VirtualBox on MacOSX to run Snow Leopard. I know nothing about VirtualBox, but here’s a note over at ZDNet:
Some of the comments indicate it’s possible using VirtualBox on Linux or Windows.
The AppleTVs run iOS, but with the ability to use the App Store disabled. There isn’t any way to utilize iOS like desktop OSX, and (as Anachronda says) it doesn’t ever use the x86 architecture. VirtualBox (or VMWare) is a better option if you don’t want to buy a Mac.
the main problem with Virtual OSX is that you cant actually run it on Windows – you need a Mac for that too!
Not entirely true. It’s a bit tricky, but you can get OS X working on VMWare on Windows (not entirely sure about virtualbox). I’ve seen people do this before, although I personally haven’t (seems like it always kernel panics at some stage).
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