Yesterday I bought the Samsung NC10 with the explicit purpose of putting Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on it. It’s 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD. Some months ago I got an Acer Aspire One with the same idea. To be honest I never really got around to it and read too many complaints online from people who tried but had problems. Especially it seemed that sleep mode doesn’t work. So I looked around for another netbook as I’m still set on turning it into a hackintosh. After a bit of research I settled on the Samsung NC10. It seems people have generally a good experience with putting Leopard on it, pretty much everything work. The two things that seem to be problems are USB ports and Ethernet. But there are fixes for the USB problem at least, it seems.
So I’m downloading the various Mac OS X ISO images especially for hackintosh projects to see which one will work the best. There are also many web pages with guides for how to install and get things going. I will
So why even bother doing this?
The geek in me would answer, because it’s possible. A better answer is probably for me to get some experience with doing it since so many others are doing it. It’s also very appealing to me the idea that without too much hacking Mac OS X can be installed on regular PC hardware. And it is of course also appealing that it can be installed on cheap hardware. The Samsung NC10 is about a third of the price of a MacBook and a quarter of the price of a MacBook Air.
I don’t think this will be my main computer for everyday work, that will remain my MacBook and MacBook Pro. But if Leopard works well enough it may take over in certain situations, like when I don’t want to risk damaging my Macs, or when I want something really light and portable.