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Apple TV OS successfully booted on Macs

updated 10:55 am EDT, Tue March 27, 2007

Apple TV on Macs

The customized version of Mac OS X used on the Apple TV will boot on other Macs, users have confirmed today. Taking advantage of news that the customized version of Mac OS X is portable to other hardware, one owner of the media hub has successfully used the software on an external USB drive and run the OS from a MacBook rather than the Apple TV's native components -- including authorization and streaming. The launch indicates that many of Apple's drivers for graphics, networking, and other elements are intact. (More details and a video follow after the break)

The installation also reveals that most of the underlying interface of Mac OS remains in place, despite Apple's modifications. During the startup sequence, the Finder and much of its existing components are briefly visible before the Apple TV interface appears and reveal that the Apple TV's particular interface is a layer that automatically loads upon booting the system. [via MacOS X86]



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  1. testudo

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    Wow!

    The f'ing excitement of it all!

  1. diamondsw

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    NO Finder

    Um, no - there is NOT a Finder there. The Dock and menubar, yes, but no Finder. Check ArsTechnica's excellent writeup for more details, or download a copy of the OS yourself and take a look.

  1. akatsukix

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    Leopard

    They will probably make it available for other OSes as part of Leopard anyway. I am sure they would rather sell a Mini over an AppleTV anyday, so why not just include it with the Mini? But then again, the AppleTV is so expensive, maybe their margin is just that much higher.

  1. garmonbosia

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    Re: no finder

    If there is no Finder then why is there a Finder icon in the dock?

  1. testudo

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    Re: no finder

    If there is no Finder then why is there a Finder icon in the dock?

    Because the finder icon is hard-coded/forced into the dock. There's no way to remove it. That's why, when you quit the finder, it stays (although the little arrow will disappear)

  1. testudo

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    Re: leopard

    No, it won't. The software's been tested and designed to work with a specific piece of hardware. There's no reason to add the complexity to Leopard for the three people who, for some reason, don't want to use front-row with their mac.

  1. SergioRS

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    So......

    Would the converse hold true and allow the MacTV to boot up the full MacOS from a USB or modified internal drive? Enquiring minds want, nay NEED, to know...

  1. JEB

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    photoshop

    totally fake

    that was rendered with CS3 Photoshop extended version all the way .. ...

    hehe

    GO APPLE!!! GO APPLE TV!!! GO, UHH, APPLE TV HACKERS!!!

  1. cmoney

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    re: so.....

    Yeah I think that's the more interesting question. You'd essentially get a Mac Mini in an even thinner form factor, for half the price. Only HDMI output but hey, just put a 40" LCD on your desktop. Haha.

  1. garmonbosia

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    Re:Re: no finder

    If the Finder has been removed, could you copy it back in? Could this version of OSX support other Apps?

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