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.
that Hackintosh forums are "blowing up with problems of 10.6.2
instant rebooting their Atom-based notebooks."
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
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.