(cross-posted on Ars Technica, so if you get deja vu, there's a good reason)
From a desktop standpoint, I think I've officially wavered my stance on the usability of OS X on generic PC hardware right this moment. I specifically built a computer to be Hackintosh-friendly...
Core2 Duo processor
Gigabyte P45 motherboard
And it's pretty freaking astounding. As mentioned before in other threads, I own the family pack and have a spare OS X license. I have successfully booted a completely unmodified version of OS X on this computer, installed the OS without modifying any kexts, and boot from the hard drive using the Chameleon v2 RC boot loader.
I did have to add a couple modified driver kexts (specifically for the Realtek audio and ethernet onboard my specific motherboard) and run a utility that adds some text to com.apple.Boot.plist so that my video card, LAN, and audio are found upon boot, but those are easier than most Windows driver wizards, and WAY easier than using Device Manager to install drivers manually.
So what's the result? A very fast machine for very little money and everything works - Time Machine is backing up to my Airport Extreme's Airdisk (and I HAVE restored from it successfully), printing to the Canon printer attached to the Airport Extreme, talks to the other "real" Macs on my network, outputs 5.1 digital AND stereo front-panel headphone sound, fully accelerates Quartz Extreme/Core Image, plays WoW very fast, and has a graphical boot loader to select either OS X or Windows.
No modified OS X DVD, no modified installation...the only hint of anything non-Mac is that there's a folder buried in the EFI partition called "Extra" that contains the generic PC boot files, and you have to dig to find it by manually mounting that EFI partition.
I suppose Apple could wisen up to this install method and wipe that partition, but that could also break people using rEFIt on their Intel Macs to boot Linux.
I don't see a downside. Apple gets money for their OS X license and I get to use OS X on a computer I otherwise couldn't.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.