Man buys Eee PC, erases Linux, installs Mac OS X Leopard
'Eee done what?
An enterprising Eee PC user has managed to install Apple's Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, onto his tiny laptop - though he quickly saw the error of his ways and replaced the OS with the previous version, Tiger.
Blogger Dan, posting on Uneasy Silence, notes that anyone attempting the maneouvre needs not only an external DVD drive but also a number of patches to reconfigure the Apple OS to operate on a processor lacking Intel's SSE 3 multimedia extensions.
We'd also point out that a copy of Leopard that you've purchased is also de rigeuer.
Asus' Eee PC and friend: fancy Leopard, missus?
And some patience. Not only with the lengthy patching and installation process - though it's nowhere near as onerous as unlocking an iPhone - but with Leopard's performance on the Eee PC's 900MHz ultra-low voltage Celeron M processor and 512MB of memory.
Indeed, that's why Dan recently downgraded to Mac OS X 10.4.8, and presumably found it ran slightly more smoothly than Leopard. He reckons the original install took up about half of the Eee PC's 4GB solid-state drive.
And there appears to be some issue with Wi-Fi, which Dan last night said he was working on. We'll keep you posted when we hear more.
• Asus Eee PC 4G
Why does everybody keep saying that the processor is 900MHz?
When Asus underclock the thing to about 600, and there's no easy option in the BIOS to speed it up again?
Lazy, lazy journalists...
@Giles - it's also lighter
The only problem with carrying £220 around is that it doesn't work very well as a computer and you may get mugged :-).
I have 5 Leopard licences
I have two Macs and three spare licences. Apple don't make such a small laptop and I might consider this hack.
I don't like carrying an expensive laptop around all the time, £220 on the other hand is much less of a problem.
I think that you wanted to write "de rigueur" instead of "de rigeuer", no?
@ Why is this news?
Because it gives another opportunity to show that blonde on a beach picture.
Actually the article is a bit like comments you get from mountaineers: We climb it because it's there.