Malware, OSX On Old Macs, Brass Knuckles

ArsTechnica reports Linux and Mac OS X get some love (?) from malware writers:

Some of you may have seen e-mails purporting to be from the Red Hat Security Team. The e-mail contains a link to and prompts users to download and install a patch for fileutils-1.0.6, stating that a vulnerability could “allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.” The “patch” actually contains malicious code that will compromise the system it is run on. Red Hat has a security note on the scam available.

It’s not the end of the world, but it does point out that (a) Macs aren’t impervious to malware, and, (b) don’t go blindly clicking and installing every thing you see.

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With some effort, Danamania at AppleTalk Australia was able to install Linux, then PearPC (a PowerPC emulator), then MacOS X on a Macintosh Centris 650. So far as he can tell, it works, but it takes 7 days to boot.

What’s the point?
I wanted to see OSX powered by a 68k. That’s all, it’s no more complex than that .

Don’t you have better things to do with your time?

How useful is it?
It’s not. Indeed, where PearPC on my Athlon enables me to run OSX software in a limited sense, running it on a 68k is more disabling.

It’s as useful as a C64 or Apple ][ running OSX natively. How cool is that though?

But isn’t this impossible? a 68k emulating a PPC?
No. You could probably emulate a PPC with sticks in the sand if you wanted to, it just wouldn’t be useful. That’s not to say it mightn’t be more fun than installing it on a Centris, however.

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