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computing: Macintosh


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Platform Openness Questions

  • Can I now run OSX on a machine I put together (or bought elsewhere)?
    • Yes, but with great difficulty; see links. Such machines are commonly referred to as "hackintosh"es
  • Can OSX be purchased separately from Apple hardware?
    • Unknown... but it is commonly understood that Apple makes most of its Mac profits from marking up the price of the hardware.
  • If the hardware breaks, can I buy replacement parts from my local non-brand-specific PC parts store?
  • Are there hardware diagnostic tools readily available for OSX?
  • If I lose track of my OSX installation CD, can I download a new copy off the internet without buying it again?