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OQO Hacker Claims World's Smallest OS X Machine 202

Posted by timothy
from the blurry-youtube-always-convinces-me dept.
TechRadar writes "A hacker has turned his OQO ultraportable into the world's smallest Mac running Leopard. 'I will warn you this project is not for the plug and play crowd but definitely do-able,' the hacker, 'TRF' says. Interesting, given the OQO was designed by ex-Apple employees." It might run Mac OS X, but one thing this OQO is not is a Mac.
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OQO Hacker Claims World's Smallest OS X Machine

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  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Tuesday April 29, 2008 @09:24AM (#23237074)
    Clones like this and the Psystar [macobserver.com] machine must have Jobs and the other control freaks at Apple screaming bloody murder right now. For years, their bread-and-butter has been tying their OS to their (IMHO overpriced) hardware. Now it seems that a lot of people are getting sick of it (if the preorders at Psystar are any indication, a *LOT* of people). Not only that, but the more heavy-handed Apple gets, the more they risk that cool-chique image as they appear more and more like just another greedy corporation (i.e., more like MS).

    It might well be time for them to consider doing what they could have done years ago, realeasing a general version of Leopard that will run on non-Apple PC's. They might even consider doing an "Apple Certified" program for Dell and other companies wanting to offer OS X as an option for their customers. If their hardware is truly superior, then it won't cost them much hardware business and will cut deeply into Windows' market dominance. In the end, everyone would win--most noteably the consumer (and those who like building their own machines).

  • iPhone? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 29, 2008 @09:25AM (#23237082)
    I'm pretty sure the iPhone is the smallest machine running OS X.

    Yes, it's kind of kiosk-style, but it is OS X.
  • by with a 'c' (1260048) <mkerr @ i n diana.edu> on Tuesday April 29, 2008 @09:28AM (#23237120)
    Why oh why does everyone insist on using Wikipeda links instead of direct company links?
  • by ObiWanKenblowme (718510) on Tuesday April 29, 2008 @09:56AM (#23237424)
    Maybe they'll start to worry more about market share once they're done counting the piles and piles of money they're currently making. Seriously, how hard is it to grasp that market share != financial success, and financial success != market share?
  • by Farmer Tim (530755) <`roundfile' `at' `mindless.com'> on Tuesday April 29, 2008 @10:06AM (#23237546) Journal
    You're certainly getting more of the Mac experience than a PC one.

    Having installed OS X on an EeePC, I'd say all you're getting is an Aqua interface for a PC experience. When it's completely painless and everything "just works" I might agree with you.

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