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Intel to sell MacPro mainboard?

I just had a look at the Inquirer's preview of Intel's V8 product. They noted the similarity to Apple's MacPro motherboard.

Today Macbidouille speculate that we might be able to buy the board with Mac firmware soon.

That would be GREAT! I would love to have options.

http://www.hardmac.com/news/2007-04-27/#6701
 

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If the hardware is close enough a custom BIOS might be possible. But I knew some guys in Intel's desktop board division and they were pretty sure that their BIOS would never be decrypted.

Still, this would make a nice hackintosh board.
 

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I just had a look at the Inquirer's preview of Intel's V8 product. They noted the similarity to Apple's MacPro motherboard.

Today Macbidouille speculate that we might be able to buy the board with Mac firmware soon.

That would be GREAT! I would love to have options.

http://www.hardmac.com/news/2007-04-27/#6701
...and get sued by Apple and lose Apple as a partner.

I think NOT. Intel is definitely happy with their new partner. Enough to keep the 3.0 Ghz 4-core Xeon a secret to the last second. Intel is not going to ruin their partnership.
 

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I concur -- not ever going to happne (and for good reason).
 

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Macs don't really have firmware anymore in the conventional sense like the "old world" macs (pre-iMac / Blue G3) that had 4MB of Toolbox rom, or the "new world" macs that just had a primative boot ROM that loaded a disc based image into RAM.

Intel's EFI security is what controls the booting of Mac OS X, this is hacked at present by bolting Mac OS X onto the Darwin X86 bootloader as there are few conventional PC's that actually use Intel EFI.

As EFI becomes mainstream (should it ever) I would imagine EFI security will be cracked too.

Mainstream PC's for the most part use Intel reference designs for their logicboards, some PC's from different vendors are so alike you can cross-flash their BIOS's. For example I flashed an HP system with a Dell bios because the Dell bios supported Coppermine Pentium 3's while the HP bios didn't.

Apple is pretty damn faithful to Intel reference designs, because that way the leg work was already done for them, they just order the boards to their specs.
 
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