Hack Enables Mac OS X 10.6.2 on Netbooks

Netbook owners waiting for a hack that lets them run Mac OS X 10.6.2 can breath a sigh of relief now that an industrious coder has come up with a patch. Apple's most recent Snow Leopard update isn't compatible with the Intel Atom processors used in many netbook computers, which left many in the "hackintosh" community wondering if they would be able to move beyond Mac OS X 10.6.1 on their third party PCs.

One forum member at the InsanelyMac Web site posted a patch that lets users install the Mac OS X 10.6.2 update on their netbook PCs. After about a week of testing, intrepid hackers have been reporting that the hack seems to be working fine.

Apple doesn't support Mac OS X running on anything other than its own Mac hardware. That doesn't, however, stop people from finding ways to install Snow Leopard on PCs from other companies, and netbook computers are especially popular.

Since Apple's OS updates seem to break on netbook computers, it's a good idea to wait for updated patches from the hackintosh community before updating.