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Leaked, cracked OS X dev kit image running

Ryan Block, @ryan

OS X on x86 cracked

The reports of whether Apple had integrated a Trusted Computing countermeasures into their Intel dev kit boxes (and OS X for x86, as well) have been firing back and forth—we heard last week from Open for Business that someone on the developer end firmly denied Apple's DRM implementation, while another Apple Developer Connection member confirmed its existence to Cnet. Thus far it's been our understanding that Apple has in fact implemented the TPM chip in their dev kits, which in conjunction with SSE3 was used to enforce Rosetta from not running—which stops a vital service from activating Quartz and Aqua, enabling the UI. (This is not necessarily indicative of their future plans for the platform, however.) We know this is complicated, but stay the course—it appears as though those VMware shots from before are in fact real, since in some h.264 videos released today (torrent available here and here—not that most of you at work will be able to do much with 'em) one can fairly plainly see a powered down laptop boot into OS X. And it boots, fast, friends. Yes, we'll admit that it is technically possible to have faked these, but it's honestly far more likely from what we know of the communities out there working on this that they've managed to actually get it running.

[Thanks, snac]

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