After much fluctuation in early builds, Apple's latest OS update does kill Atom support

Apple has long fought its customers' wish to allow free installation of OS X on custom hardware.  It has tried a variety of techniques to try to deter them from such practices, but have been unable to stop the Hackintosh community from thriving.

With its latest update to Snow Leopard OS X 10.6.2, some developers noticed that Apple had killed support for Intel Atom processors, likely in a move to squash the growing Hackintosh netbook movement.  Many users had been creating OS X netbooks, as OS X's lean footprint worked well with the systems' limited resources.

A report on a later build indicated that Atom support may have been restored.  However, the final release now indeed appears to have killed Atom support.  OSXDaily reports that Hackintosh forums are "blowing up with problems of 10.6.2 instant rebooting their Atom-based notebooks."

Currently it's mission success for Apple, but that may not last for long -- hackers are already working to produce a modded 10.6.2 kernel with Atom support restored.  For now, OS X hackers suggest those with Atom Hackintoshes don't update their machines.

The update available here is a good idea, however for those with non-Atom Hackintoshes or normal Macs.  It provides a very important fix to a critical bug where Snow Leopard would accidentally delete user's account data, including their documents, music, pictures, and downloads.  The update weighs in at 473 MB.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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