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    Learning OSX without the OSX

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could learn to do basic installation and troubleshooting in OSX without actually having a Mac?

    I'm trying to set up a small scale local computer business to make some extra cash, and I anticipate people having problems with their Macs and I'd like to be able to fix them.

    Thanks in advance

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    Post Re: Learning OSX without the OSX

    How about reading some books about mac? Or have a look at their support discussion website.
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    Re: Learning OSX without the OSX

    Buy a copy. Install it on your PC. Get everything working.

    After that you *should* have a good grasp on basic troubleshooting, without the cost of a new Mac.

    OSX86

    Yes the legality of it is questionable but since you are only going to use it as a learning experience, I think you can still feel good about yourself.

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    Re: Learning OSX without the OSX

    OSX86 is all I can say which will probaly get me into trouble.

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    Re: Learning OSX without the OSX

    I have to agree with OSX86. It's VERY ILLEGAL, but let's face facts: nobody's going to crash down your door for using it.

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    Re: Learning OSX without the OSX

    It's NOT a "legal" matter, Dies and Mr. Psychopath.

    From a purely technical point of view, OSx86 is the only way you're going to have to run OS X on non-Apple hardware.

    That said, why not buy a used or refurbished Mac? That way you can have Mac OS X running legitimately (you'll please take note of the fact that I did not use the term "legally", since this is a tort situation, not a criminal one) and not have to continually participate in the cat-and-mouse game that is OSx86.

    Just my 2¢.
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    Re: Learning OSX without the OSX

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTheC View Post
    It's NOT a "legal" matter, Dies and Mr. Psychopath.

    From a purely technical point of view, OSx86 is the only way you're going to have to run OS X on non-Apple hardware.

    That said, why not buy a used or refurbished Mac? That way you can have Mac OS X running legitimately (you'll please take note of the fact that I did not use the term "legally", since this is a tort situation, not a criminal one) and not have to continually participate in the cat-and-mouse game that is OSx86.

    Just my 2¢.
    Ever heard of a "vanilla" install?

    OSX86 is just a cool term people use which doesn't really mean anything since Apple hardware is x86 at this point. Apple hardware is just an Intel PC with a fancy wrapper, nothing special about it aside from the design and the OS.

    That said, I agree that a used Mac is probably a good way to go.


    BTW what's this cat-and-mouse thing you're talking about?

    Let's be honest, unless you're selling clones, Apple couldn't care less.

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