Rob Griffiths of Macworld.com thought a PC was a PC and decided to build\none that runs OS X.\n\n<[URL]http://www.macworld.com/article/133028/2008/04/building_mac_clone.html>[/URL]\n\nIt's pretty much on par with a Mac Pro, sometimes a little better\nsometimes not quite as good... but it's less than half the price.\n\nOf course, before he ends up, he has a word for would be hackers. Hey,\nhe works for MacWorld. If he wants to get samples of future products, he\nbetter not say you can hack the equivalent of a Mac Pro for less than\nhalf the price.\n\nSo, he advises that upgrades might prove problematic. I suppose this is\ntrue. Of course, this is not one of Apple's problem when they build\ncomputers.\n\nAnd it takes time. Some twenty hours, he says. Four to put the computer\ntogether, 16 to get OS X to work. Of course, this is not one of Apple's\nproblem.\n\nAnd, of couse, OS X is not Linux, you have to somehow buy OS X. (BTW,\nany idea on how Psystar plans to get some err... let's say 10000 copies\nof OS X a week from Apple?)\n\nThe hardware being standard PC, just as Apple's, it's not a problem. But\nthe casing, the casing, oh, Lord! You have to remove screws, it swings\nopen on plastic hinges, wiring is all over the place, and it has a dull\nspot on its finish!!!\n\nCertainly, he and I didn't buy from the same Antec company. Mine has no\ndull spot. Had it had one, I would have brought it back and I'm sure it\nwould have been exchanged right on the spot. Antec is a serious company.\nIt opens by unsnapping the front cover and sliding the sides forwards:\nno screws and no hinges. Indeed, wires are all over the place because\nthere are no special compartments to make accessing the hardware more\ndifficult and prevent good airflow. Accessing memory is no more a\nproblem than if it was sliding out. Dammit, it's right there on the\nboard! Oh, I forgot, I never had to use sandpaper to remove cutting\nedges and never cut myself. It's true that mine is a cheaper model: he\npaid 0, I paid half as much.\n\nSo, my advice remains the same. Of course, you may hack yourself a Mac,\nbut it's a lot of pain and you may never be able to update. *Or*, you\nmay build yourself the very same PC, and use Linux. Of course, Spaces\nwill be called "virtual desktops". Of course, you have only 12 instead\nof 16, but I have only 2 enabled.\n\nMandrake works very well, updates are checked every day automatically\nand it's safe. Say, for exemple, Apple doesn't like your face and you go\nto Apple's site, they might very well screw up your internet connection.\nBut a Linux user knows the bare basics. If this happens, where have they\nwritten to? Yes, the /tmp directory! Clean it, and you're through.\n\nThat's when things go *really, really, really* bad. You've got to face\nknowledgeable crackers. So, when you want a good Mac clone with as\nlittle pain as possible, I suggest a plain PC and Mandrake Linux. That's\nunless you really don't want to call Places... I mean Spaces, virtual\ndesktops.