Building a DIY Apple netbook

Building a DIY Apple netbook

Summary: Waiting for Apple to finally release a netbook? Don't hold your breath.

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Waiting for Apple to finally release a netbook? Don't hold your breath.

All signs point to it being a long time before Cupertino delivers the small, light and cheap notebook that are so popular with the kids these days. In the mean time, simply go out and create your own.

Gizmodo has published a tutorial on how to create the ultimate, no compromises DIY Apple netbook. But on top of a Dell Mini 9, this netbook has everything, including Wi-Fi, sound, function keys, integrated mobile broadband card and a SD card reader for good measure. Boing Boing has posted a handy chart of what features work on which surrogate netbook hardware and the Dell Mini wins the day.

Be warned though, your're building a Hackintosh and it involves bending the rules of Apple's Mac OS X EULA to get to the promised land. At around $400 though, it does seem rather tempting.

Go get some before Apple releases the hounds (like they did to Wired when they published their Hackintosh/netbook tutorial).

Photo: Gizmodo

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • Why?

    This is like spending $2000 for a kit to convert a Tahoe to an Escalade!
    kd5auq
  • RE: Building a DIY Apple netbook

    That just takes way tooooo much time, no thanks.
    nothingness
  • not new

    About a month ago, there were pix circumventing the interweb documeting in great details sweatshop production of fake Apple Netbooks, basically, conversion of some of the existing models into apple lookalikes, complete with Apple log. That was done on almost industrial scale....
    kitko
  • Tiny SSD options

    I love the fact that you can get these starting out at $299. The problem is that although you have 4 GB of SSD to use. That is a kick in the nads considering you probably want a few more gigs just to run OS 10. What are the system requirements on that bad boy?
    nucrash
    • Leopard's requirements are...

      512MB RAM, 9GB drive space.

      [u]http://www.apple.com/macosx/techspecs/[/u]

      Tiger, on the other hand, only requires 256MB RAM, and 3GB drive
      space.
      msalzberg
      • What all is included for 9 GB

        I remember thinking that Leopard was supposed to be a improvement, but compared to Tiger, that better include a very nice set of 300+ features for 3 times the amount of disk space.
        nucrash
    • MSI Wind is better

      Have a look at the MSI Wind forum for all the work being done in using OSX on existing, low cost but reasonable spec hardware. http://forums.msiwind.net/
      Chalfont
  • RE: Building a DIY Apple netbook

    So this is theift. No other way of saying it. you are illegaly using software.
    rparker009
    • Theft is the wrong crime

      It's only theft if you're using a copy of OSX that you don't legitimately own. If you're using a copy of OSX that you've legitimately bought yourself, then the crime would be using it in a way that the Apple EUA says is forbidden. So essentially you're only guilty of breech of contract (Assuming EUA is rated as having the same validity as a contract), and possibly one or two lines from the DMCA.
      brendan@...
      • Unless of course ...

        ... you are using the same copy of OSX on your Mac and on your Hackintosh.

        Then it would be theft.
        RationalGuy
        • Family pack

          valid for up to 5 machines in the same household.
          frgough
      • Mac at 25. Time to grow up.

        nope. In this case Apple reserves the right to disallow the licensee (you) from running that code on any computer but one they sold you.

        While this seems ethically wrong to me, at minimum they're not allowing fair use [again] . When fair use isn't available, revenues are foregone,
        "community" product development is slowed, and fewer people become interested in the products-- which has the opposite effect on sales.
        Lawyers sell it as protection of intellectual property (and protect their own interests by defending it), I say it's like buying a screwdriver that you're
        only allowed to use on the manufacturer's screws.

        Apple has the choice of locking the license to the equipment or growing up to reinvent themselves as a hardware independant company.
        Let's be honest, on the Mac you can run Windows, Linux and OS X. But on the PC you can only run Linux and Windows, and
        the only reason for that is the fear their hardware would be commoditiesed. Give it up and let the software be used by the people
        for whom it was written. Be different.
        rapples
        • They're not a software company

          "Apple has the choice of locking the license to the equipment or
          growing up to reinvent themselves as a hardware independant
          company."

          I realize that many people have this misconception, despite years of
          being told differently - Apple is *not* a software company. They are a
          consumer electronics company.

          They make their profit on the hardware they sell - therefore, to
          become "hardware independant [sic]" would to become a company
          that doesn't make any profit.

          Apple-branded software exists to entice you to buy an Apple-branded
          consumer electronics product.
          capnvan
  • RE: Building a DIY Apple netbook

    Excuse me...did I miss the final judgment in the Apple vs. Psystar case? The final judgement in which the ruling was 100% in Psystar's favor?

    Appears to me to be another flavor of violation of Apple's EULA for Mac OS/X.

    How long before the Apple lawyers haul them into court?

    BTW, mine is a MacBook, Powerbook, PC household.
    dinosaur_z
    • Psystar?

      "Excuse me...did I miss the final judgment in the Apple vs. Psystar case?
      The final judgement in which the ruling was 100% in Psystar's favor?"

      Apparently you did.

      They haven't even gone to trial yet, and there hasn't been anything
      "final", nor in anyone's favor.
      capnvan
  • Apple a hardware company...

    then... don't buy apple branded hardware. Has anyone looked under the apple sticker and see what that piece of hardware really is? Apple likes to use fancy names for their hardware just to make people think their stuff is better and charge nore; ie: Apple airport instead of Wifi card. When a friend said to me one day,"I can get online with my airport...", I though an actual airport had been named after him... funny!
    bgonetoo
  • RE: Building a DIY Apple netbook

    Isnt it theift and illegal to run OS X on non apple made equipment.. I do belive that is what the end user lic states that you agree to when you install the os.
    rparker009