Other World Computing (OWC) today announced a new version and a new name for its Unsupported UtilityX. The software, developed by Ryan Rempel, enables pre-G3 Macs that aren’t supported by Mac OS X’s installer software to bypass that restriction. Henceforth, the software is going by the name of
XpOSfacto, and sports a new version number — 2.11.
The 2.11 release now supports a wider range of SCSI-based CD-ROM devices, according to Other World Computing, including CD-R and CD-RW mechanisms. XpOSfacto 2.11 also features the ability to burn custom Mac OS X install CDs.
Other changes include a bug fix that prevented the software from reading highly fragmented hard drive catalogs; and a compatibility fix for NoFinderZoom 9. User feedback is now provided when custom install CDs are created and a booting problem involving custom install CDs has been fixed.
XpOSfacto works with the following computers:
Power Mac 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, 9600 models.
Selected Mac clones, including Umax S900 and J700; and Power Computing PowerWave and PowerTowerPro.
Developer Rempel noted that OWC continues to provide resources to enable him to develop software to help unsupported Macs. “We have been able to help thousands of users with XpOSfacto, and anticipate as technology progresses, we will be able to support many more.”
XpOSfacto is offered for free.