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Development and testing of modified XNU Kernels for AMD CPUs on OS X
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by: jacfen123
I know that this forum does not help with PowerPC processors, but I have been wanting to run OS X Snow Leopard on my iMac G5 for a while. Is there anyone who knows how to edit OS X kernels for different processors and would be willing to teach me how to do it? I have been looking around on the internet and I could not find anything about modifying OS X kernels.
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by: Shaneee
It isn't very well documented and I'm afraid I won't be able to help with PPC but there is a slim chance the AMD Snow Leopard kernel will allow your PPC G5 to run.
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by: jacfen123
Ok, will I need to basically turn my G5 into a hackintosh and install a boot loader?
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by: Shaneee
No I don't think that would work. You can use your Hackintosh to prepare a legitimate Snow Leopard installer and replace the kernel with the AMD one. I'm not sure if it will work but it may.

See here for making the USB,
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by: darklord42
I'm afraid there isn't a chance. At least with AMD and Intel, it's all x86/x86_ 64 instruction sets. That's why we can run software compiled for one on the other hardware. Not so with Motorola's PPC. Everything must be recompiled, which is why for a little while, developers were including multiple executables/library sets in their app bundles. If you want a more modern OS on your PPC computer, you can try setting up Linux. Unfortunately most distros I know of abandoned PPC a while ago, so you will have to do most of the compiling yourself, which isn't fun on old hardware...
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