OS X: StageXNU Kernel

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Recently a new kernel for Intel and AMD platforms was set loose into the wild. The StageXNU kernel is currently in an early beta, but it is already garnering positive reaction from within the OSx86 community – particularly those with AMD systems.

The kernel (9.4.0) offers SSE2 & SSE3 support with working sleep and shutdown functions on AMD machines, as well as preliminary speed-step support (CPU throttling) and will report the correct amount of cores within Apple System Profiler. Generally the new kernel has been said to make systems feel ‘snappier’. Please remember that this kernel is in beta and your mileage may vary. Development is rapidly continuing with future optimizations and features being steadily introduced over a period of time.

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Hackentosh Releases

There have been several developments in the Hackentosh (aka OSX86) community lately.

JaS_10.5.4_options JaS has once again returned to the scene this week releasing Mac OS X Leopard version 10.5.4 Server. While OS X Server does limit the compatibility of many applications, alternatively the Client version can also be installed from the DVD. JaS is well known for quality releases featuring components for both legacy and modern machines. The new JaS Leopard contains Chameleon Loader, StageXNU (SSe2 / SSe3 kernel), NVKush (Nvidia extension), SMBIOS, SMBIOSResolver, all Radeon HD Series drivers, along with the standard drivers usually found in other Leopard installations. This release does not include any applications or modifications. See all options displayed in the picture to the right.

iDeneb debuts to OSX86 scene releasing Mac OS X Leopard version 10.5.4

iDeneb is a Mac OSX Leopard release modified to run on both Intel and AMD based machines. Highlights of this release include all updates up until Security Update 2008-005, the Chameleon boot loader, AMD patching, as well as the usual installation options (kernels, drivers). The Chameleon boot loader install on JMicron IDE DVD drives, or on SSE2 based processors.

As always: releases can be found at your favorite torrent directories.