EFiX Talks About its Hackless Hackintosh

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EFiX Talks About its Hackless Hackintosh

 

 

For as long as Mac devotees have been flaunting desktop superiority over their Windows counterparts, users on both sides of the fence have clamored for a way to install Mac OS X on a PC. On Monday, the wait may be over.

 

Dubbed “the best solution for running Mac OS X on PCs” and consisting of a device that is “neither a memory stick nor a thumb drive,” EFiX allows non-Mac users “to install Mac OS X straight from the original DVD without having to worry about patches, replacing files and anything like that” is poised to free the PC world from the shackles of Vista.

 

Unfortunately, you won’t find one in any U.S. store. But the idea is intriguing nonetheless.

 

For those still drooling over the convenience of Time Machine and Stacks, but saddled with a Dell Inspiron, EFiX, “a completely unique device with very intricate protection above and beyond your wildest imagination,” is certainly a dream come true. Working with desktops and notebooks (but not AMD processors), available as either a USB dongle, PCI card or integrated circuit for motherboards, and featuring a a built-in update system that allows developers to “modify, update and perfect” the technology, EFiX comes awfully close to its bombastic descriptions.

 

To understand EFiX, however, is to understand a simple adage, upon which its development was based: Don’t treat people like idiots, and they will stop believing you are one.

 

Or, to put it another way: If you build it, they will come.

 

“EFiX is something that people have needed for quite a long while,” said Wilhelm von Vnukov, CEO and lead engineer of the EFiX team. “Right now, there is not any simple and easy way to run Mac OS X on a PC. The idea behind EFiX is to give people around the world the ability to experience an original installation and usage of unmodified Mac OS X DVDs.”

 

Von Vnukov’s vision is less about stepping on Apple’s sales than about bringing Leopard’s ease of use to an untapped segment of the populace. While he wouldn’t divulge the inner workings of EFiX ahead of its launch, he sees it as a bridge for frustrated Windows users who are hesitant to make the plunge to a foreign OS “without fear of overspending.”

 

Using EFiX to run OS X, he said, “works stable and secure enough that people can really judge the OS. ... People are afraid to be guinea pigs --- to spend several thousand of dollars on Apple hardware to try out a new OS.”

 

Von Vnukov, who’s been running EFiX for six months with nary a crash nor freeze, feels his device will usher in a new era of computing that puts an “old, outdated and tired” approach to rest.

 

And he’s not the least bit afraid of Apple’s end-user licensing agreement, which states, in part, “You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so.”

 

For one, EFiX doesn’t actually alter OS X, like so many attempts that came before. (Back in 2006, Apple sunk its legal teeth into the OSx86 project for supplying links to software patches that provided instructions for how to hack OS X for use on PCs.) For another, von Vnukov plans to put the stickers that accompany all of Apple’s products to good use.

 

“A retail copy of Leopard comes with two labels in the box. ... What if we interpret (the EULA) like this: You may not install it or run without marking your system with our logo; because you are using our OS, kindly display our logo and promote it.”

 

But even an ambitious product like EFiX know when it’s licked. Von Vnukov has no plans to release EFiX stateside, he said, since Apple’s EULA “only has power in the U.S., because basically it is, in a logical way, fully nonsense.”

 

Aspersions aside, however, von Vnukov ultimately hopes to help Apple increase its market share and influence. While the Mac mini may be a perfectly affordable entry into the wonderful world of OS X, it’s certainly not cheaper than the millions of PCs already running Windows in homes around the globe, he said.

 

“People afraid of Macs because OS X sounds to them like a virus from Mars and not an alternative to Windows. Try to ask someone to buy a Mac after using Windows for many years. What they will tell you? ‘Why do the hell I need it?’

 

“I believe that through hard work, our solution can become really great and useful for people.”

 

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If more people get to use OS X then it wont take long untill they migrate totally to an Apple computer. Macs are agressively priced nowadays and lets face it who wants to have some crappy PC in front of them full of windows stickers and crap when they could get themselves a beautifully engineered Apple. I'm hoping that Apple will nail this operation up before they lose revenue on their Hardware. But I dont really think that they will lose out. Once these people use mac OS for a day or 2 then they wont want to go back to the stoneage. No defragmentation, seldom restarts (I never have to) no waiting for the virus program to update, System Boot in under 30 seconds and no crap software pre installed. Inevitably they'll be buying Mac products and increasing the user base.

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Meh

If they can create a software update to brick iphones, I'm sure it's not a stretch that they can push a software update to brick these unauthorized machines. I don't care how elitist it sounds. Let the fools suffer with Vista. That was their choice when they decided not to buy a Mac.

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Anonymous

Go ahead, keep the apple market share low so windows can continue to rule the world. Some apple fan you are.

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Anonymous

Apple needs to clamp down on these violators NOW or thanks to thousands of cheap-ass PC'S running OSX, we'll be up to our eyeballs in viruses since the market will make it worth the hackers while.

When is Apple going to shut down that Psy-something company anyway?

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Anonymous

SO what is a Mac, but a cheap ass PC tarted up in a fancy plastic/aluminim case running OSX, perfumed with marketing and elitism?

The parts inside a Mac these days are lower-middle end except for the Mac Pro, which are just upper-middle-end. Comparably priced PCs from the best vendors are much better machines from a hardware perspective.

Why would this invite viruses?

Frankly I think an elistist and smug attitude about Macs might foster more viruses and malware than these frankenmacs.

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Anonymous

I think that all of you are missing the point. Sure Apple may make $129.00 off of each OS that is put on these PC units but.....Apple is in the business of selling hardware. OS X is just the bonus for buying Apple hardware. They are a hardware company and this above any other reason is why they need to shut these companies down. If someone can figure out a way to make a desent machine that will run OS X without the hacks and hardware locks and Apple lets them get away with this, then the Macs days are numbered.

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Jim

"If someone can figure out a way to make a desent machine that will run OS X without the hacks and hardware locks and Apple lets them get away with this, then the Macs days are numbered."
I have seen something very different. Three of my friends have purchased Macs and run nothing but Windows on them. The reason for this was that after comparing price performance and features of common pc's the Mac's were the better deal. The machines they chose were an imac running XP,
a Macbook pro using Vista and a Mac Pro using Vista. Recently the Mac Pro owner has decided to open his eyes and look into OSX and we all know what he will find.

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Anonymous

To the poster above...

I'm a mac fan, but your comment is kind of elitist.

Secondly, it seems to me that you are admitting that OS X is only secure by obscurity. That the reason why it doesn't have much viruses is not because it's hard to make one but because it is not worth the hacker's effort.

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Anonymous

Apple will shut down Psystar when it can make a case for Psystar violating Apple's patents and copyrights. But if Psystar is just producing a personal computer from off-the-shelf components....

Apple doesn't want to end up looking like fools (and proving that it's own EULA is unenforceable nonsense).

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