As we all do know that Psystar has launched Rebel EFI (aka repackaged boot-132/Chameleon + PC_EFI with a nice GUI and theme) which allows users to install MacOSX and other OS easily. In other words you can put your Snow Leopard Retail DVD and bam it boots. Its all only for USD $ 49.99 (limited offer , it costs you ~USD $90). You can check out the pricing and other details from Psystar site here for yourself.
More after the jump
Instead I am going to explain to you why its evil. Firstly what pystar currently doing is daylight robbery. In other words they take the great open source projects such as PC_EFI by netkas and Chameleon and boot-132 method and glued it together with premium support and a nice front end. Thats about it. I’ll explain how Rebel EFI works. Its simple , what it does is that you enter your login/password , it checks against the server and then logins. Then it runs lspci command to check what kind of hardware you have and then it checks against their server database for supported devices. It would tell you if the device is supported or not. If its supported ,it will automatically download “kexts” (drivers) for you and install it. Alternatively you have an option of making your own boot disc. Kinda fancy isn’t it. Now all of this for $50 is indeed daylight robbery. If it was for free , I wouldn’t mind. Even if you want to charge it $50 for “repacking” stuff at least give due credits for those who have done it – for instance lspci was included inside the app but it was never given for credits and such and other tools which they have used.
I’ll explain to you on how you could do it for free. When I say its for free , its free and it includes bit of googling and researching. Plus it works on all platforms including AMD and legacy Intel processors unlike Pystar’s software. Generally Pystar is a combination of Chameleon/PC_EFI , boot-132 , lspci (for osx) and a bit of googling and browsing sites such as these for your kext and knowing how to install them. Thats about it. If you want to install Snow Leopard on your PC. Do read my guide or tons of guides out there in the Internet. if you’re looking for an easier method , then try Conti’s Installer. Its basically simple. As for “premium support” you can always drop by at IRC networks such as irc.osx86.hu , #snowleopard and ask questions if you’re stucked. Sure you don’t get polite and professional support but the folks there would surely point you up for the right direction.
My question is why on earth are folks willing to pay $50 when they can it by themselves with a retail disc of MacOS X . Sure it takes a bit of effort to get it up and running , but then if you’re talking the dark side of the path – its better to learn it fully and take the proper step. Plus it runs great on even old Pentium 4s , AMD processor and even Atom processors
To Make it simpler lets do a comparison between free and the paid edition (Free being the proper way to install)
Free Method (Boot-132 + Chameleon + following guide)
- Works on every single hardware on planet earth (i.e even with legacy Pentium 4 and AMD with SSE2)
- Allows you to have more control over your hardware as in selection of kext and tuning it right to work it properly (DSDT)
- Its free (as in free beer) plus you’ll just have to pay $29 for genuine Snow Leopard installation disc
- Its not for everyone
- Requires extensive reading , searching and not to mention basic understanding of UNIX and such (which could be useful in just about anything)
Paid Method (aka Rebel EFI)
Can’t think of any. Seriously. If you think that it saves time , etc. Yeah sure but those aren’t real pros
- $50 for a software whereby you could do it for free
Oh yeah I am in the midst of compiling enough evidence just to say that the tool was made from free stuff and repackaged together . I mean , the hex editor points out some intresting stuff . My next mission is to open initrd.img and take a look to see whats inside of it .
Note #2 – Evidence eh ? How about reading this View post or check out netkas’ site.