OSX on a Microsoft Surface Pro

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  1. c0nartiste

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    Jan 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM #1
    c0nartiste

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    I was having a look at Microsoft's Surface Pro Tablet Specifications and I was thinking, I am really interested in helping the community hack the device to turn into a ultra portable OSX experience. I think the Pen input would help a lot with the OSX UI interface.

    If you have a look at the specs below it does seem possible with the HD 4000 gpu. The wifi card might pose an issue depending on what it is and getting it to work.

    Let me know your opinions and comments on whether or not it could be possible.
    Do you want a surface pro running osx 10.8+???

    :headbang:
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    OS Runs current Windows 7 desktop applications and integrates with your existing enterprise management infrastructure. Use the programs and the apps available in the Windows Store.
    Exterior 10.81 x 6.81 x 13.46mm 2lbs VaporMg casing Dark Titanium colour Volume and Power buttons
    Storage 64GB*, 128GB *System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/storage for more details.
    Display 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display 1920x1080 pixels 16:9 (widescreen) 10-point multi-touch
    Pen Input Pen input and pen (included with purchase)
    CPU 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000 4GB RAM—Dual Channel Memory
    Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology
    Battery 42 W-h
    Cameras and A/V Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing with TruColor Microphone, Stereo speakers
    Ports Full-size USB 3.0 microSDXC card slot Headset jack Mini DisplayPort Cover port
    Sensors Ambient light sensor Accelerometer Gyroscope Compass
    Power Supply 48W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)
    Warranty 1-year limited hardware warranty
     
  2. lunar7

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    Jan 31, 2013 at 4:01 AM #2
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    I'm also really interested in this prospect.

    The biggest question of course would be about whether or not there would be a way to interface the touch screen to generate mouse commands in OSX.

    If there is enough interest to make a team, I think I would like to purchase one and work to get it fully compatible with OSX. The most perfect scenario would be finding a way to dual boot ML and Windows 8 on it with touch response working on the Mac side. But I think there would be a lot of work to get from here to there.
     
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    Jan 31, 2013 at 4:05 AM #3
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    This and anything like it would be a good place to research in the mean time. Even if there are no open sources it might be possible to reverse engineer the driver a little.

    http://www.slashgear.com/mimo-magic-touch-brings-touchscreen-finesse-to-os-x-08256178/
    35$ for a driver?
    http://www.mimomonitors.com/products/mac-os-x-touchscreen-driver-for-mimo-740-720s

    Best decompiler:
    https://www.hex-rays.com/products/ida/index.shtml

    Also this one is free:
    http://www.nextwindow.com/nextwindow_support/download_confirm_mac.html
     
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    Jan 31, 2013 at 6:48 PM #4
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    Definitely high interest for me. In fact we should have a SECTION/ SUB-SECTION for Hack_Book_Tablet_Pros that have Pen (Digitizer) and Touch
     
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    Feb 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM #5
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    Looks very interesting, keep us posted.
     
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    Feb 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM #6
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    I think I will start by getting the OS to run, and then seeing if that free driver just works OOB or not. It's possible that it does.
     
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    Feb 6, 2013 at 9:10 PM #7
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    This project sounds interesting! Subscribed and looking forward to your replies. :thumbup:
     
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    I am seriously contemplating purchasing one as well. If I can swing it I will help in any way I can.
     
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    Feb 14, 2013 at 2:57 AM #9
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    Seems like the units are out now but impossible to find anywhere. I'm going to wait until they are easily available, I have to decide between buying one of these and making an HD video editing machine so I'll need to decide which is higher priority.
     
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