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Why we do hackintosh?

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I do just to cross the line, because I don't need any specific software of Mac, but on laptop I love the UI and the simplest way you can do things.

I will never do hackintosh on desktop because I feel like I'm miss something, games in particular but not only.

And why you do it?
 
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I do it for the physical build, putting something in a case that wasn't supposed to be there, or because someone said it couldn't be done. For the lessons learned from troubleshooting. For the joy of MacOS.
 
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Two reasons for me

1) The COVID-19 lockdown has given me a lot of spare time for projects, and I wanted to see if I could get an old bit of junk I would have normally thrown in the skip working with MacOS. It takes me back to the days of early Linux hacking, and the scenarios are similar - you needed to watch your hardware, understand what the kernel did and how to write config files and read logs. Back then you needed to avoid Diamond video cards like the plague because they had no open source drivers, and to get any sort of GUI, you needed to manually configure an XF86config file with the horizontal and vertical modes from your monitor's manual.

2) I have a love-hate relationship with Apple. I like their software; specifically no audio app can touch Logic Pro X and the Hammond organ sound is better than my Nord Stage 2 keyboard that cost £2,500 (and you think Macs are expensive!), and I just feel more comfortable working on Macs than PCs. However, I utterly detest the proprietary lock-in technology that makes something simple like putting an SSD in a Mac Mini such an arduous process, and think their AppleCare policy of "throw the old equipment in the bin and charge the customer for a new unit" is draconian. Have a look at Louis Rossman's YouTube channel; he basically makes all the points I would, but better, and has scared me away from ever wanting anything to do with MacBooks. (One of my laptops runs Linux, the other runs FreeBSD).
 
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It's an addiction.
Yes it is!
I started with Lion many years ago o my desktop. I buyed a original (second-hand) apple graphic card.
Now still remember first time I hear intro sound WOOW First one! First FULL ONE! sound graphic card ...

First Unibest
First clover

Today I'm trying Catalina and Open Core ...

When I finish one I started with other hard .... T400, T410, T420, T430, T440, T460, T470 .....

I LOVE IT!
 
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I'm currently thinking if I should upgrade a 2014 Mac Mini to an SSD (which is a documented procedure, but a complete pain in the neck, requires custom screwdrivers, and easy to end up with a broken Mac if you make a mistake) or just go full time over to Hackintoshes and get a decent I7 box with compatible AMD graphics and a bootload of RAM running Catalina and sell the Mac.

A hard drive swap should never take more than 5 minutes. I think the quickest I've got it down to is on a Dell Optiplex 5060 which I can do in 30 seconds.
 
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In my household of 3, my wife and daughter each has a windows laptop and a real Mac Mini as a media player on their TVs. I have 6 other real macs, 12 hackintoshes, 2 windows machines and 1 linux.
 

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I'm currently thinking if I should upgrade a 2014 Mac Mini to an SSD (which is a documented procedure, but a complete pain in the neck, requires custom screwdrivers, and easy to end up with a broken Mac if you make a mistake) or just go full time over to Hackintoshes and get a decent I7 box with compatible AMD graphics and a bootload of RAM running Catalina and sell the Mac.

A hard drive swap should never take more than 5 minutes. I think the quickest I've got it down to is on a Dell Optiplex 5060 which I can do in 30 seconds.
I think the Mac Mini is truly a masterpiece, in all it's forms. My first was a PowerPC and my favourite the aluminium Mini with a DVD. A lesson, each one, on how to get a relatively powerful computer into the smallest form. And quiet. No one has matched them. Not Nuc, not Brix.

Hackintosh's are a great way to learn about macOS and build yourself a Mac Pro you otherwise might not be able to afford. And as you say, some Linux knowledge comes in handy too. I still use my Linux Pocket Guide for all those elusive Terminal Commands.

As to why do all this? Two reasons, macOS is the greatest and with Tonymacx86 tools it really hasn't been easier to build a seriously powerful Mac.

:)
 
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