OSx86 (a portmanteau of OS X and x86) is a collaborative hacking project to run the Mac OS X operating system on non-Apple computers with x86 architecture processors (AMD or Intel). The effort started soon after the June 2005 Worldwide Developers Conference announcement that Apple would be transferring their personal computers from PowerPC to Intel microprocessors. Such operation is not permitted by the software license that Mac OS X is distributed under. A computer built to run this type of Mac OS X is sometimes known as a Hackintosh, which is a recycled term originally denoting the modified Lisa 2/10 running Mac System.

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