If your hankering for a Mac Net Book, well, don't look to Apple to grant your wish anytime soon. However, if you got the time, the patience and the spare change, and your not afraid to get your hands dirty, well BoingBoing.Net has compiled a great compatibility chart of the best netbooks for that perfect hackintosh project that you've been dreaming about.
As you can see from the chart below, Dell's Mini 9/Vostro A90 tops the list, while the Eee 1000H, HP Mini 1000 and the Lenovo S10 complete the top four. Of the lot, only the Dell managed to score on all ten of the categories listed. The Amiga, obviously, was never a serious contender, but it sure adds a sense of humor to the list, does it not?
As BoingBoing points out, however, hacking OS X onto a netbook isn't easy or for the faint of heart. Personally, I would dearly love to try hacking it out on one of those sweet little Dell Mini 9's, but, unfortunately, I also happen to be one of those faint-of-heart types (yes, I'm also lazy and I admit it). I have to also admit that the challenge, though daunting, is most tempting.
As far as the Mini 9 goes, Gizmodo did a great post on how to hack OS X on that swell little Dell. After reading their 'how to', I got the distinct impression that while it's not all that easy, it's really wasn't all that hard either.
Some of the things that you'll need for your hackintosh Dell Mini, according to Gizmodo's post, are:
"• Dell Mini 9 With 16GB SSD or higher (8GB SSDs will techincally work, but it will take some fiddling not covered by this guide)
• Retail copy of OS X 10.5.x (NOT an OEM copy that comes with a new Mac)
• A USB flash drive 8GB or higher
• An external USB DVD drive
• The "Type11" Bootloader: DellMiniBoot123v8.01.iso.zip (download link in this forum post)
• Blank CD to burn bootloader image (I actually used version 8.0 of Type11 on my CD-if your boot process with 8.01 is different than what's spelled out in this guide, you can download 8.0 here. Both should work.)
• Windows PC for preparing the flash drive (if DVD drive works fine, this is optional)"
Well, there you go, that doesn't sound too bad, now does it? But remember: you'll also need time, patience and a strong will to pull it off. But, boy-oh-boy, just think of the pride and sense of accomplishment that you'll also derive - priceless!
In addition to reading Gizmodo's guide, you can also get a better idea of the whole experience simply by watching this nifty little YouTube video below:
So, in conclusion, I don't know about you, but someday, I just might seriously get around to trying this out myself, just to see if I can do it without blowing up the entire neighborhood! In the meantime, however, I'm rather hard pressed for time and the extra cash needed, but if you ever personally decide to try it out yourself, then by all means, drop me a line and let me know how you make out.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, July 31, 2009