Related link: http://digg.com/apple/Apple_Front_Row_Hack_Surfaces
There are Several Sites reporting that Front Row can be retrieved (albeit in a shady grey market sort of way…) from the internet and installed on most Macs. So, of course, being the lunatic early adopter that I was, I installed it this morning.
The hacked version that’s making its way around the internet is a copy of Front Row that’s bypassing the requirement to have the remote present for startup, and includes a new set of bezel frameworks that need to be installed in /System/Library/Private Frameworks, as well as the application itself which has to live in /System/Library/CoreServices and your apps folder. Don’t forget iTunes 6.0.1 and Quicktime 7.0.3, since otherwise Front Row will freak out when you ask it to look at your iTunes Library.
Good luck, however, getting it to work with the DVD player on the Mac mini. I’ve been unable to view the Lost Season 1 DVDs that I have in my office. It just doesn’t want to communicate with the DVD player application that exists as a part of the Mac OS X install on my mini (currently 10.4.2). If you’ve figured that part out, do let us know in the comments.
Now, it’s no picnic running the app. The mini is a bit underpowered in the video department with just a quarter of the video RAM that the iMac G5, and it shows. Perhaps this is why Apple is currently keeping the lid on Front Row until things get a bit more beefy in that department (ah, January, how soon you are, yet how far!). Now, Front Row seems to be a transparent screen applied in a specific way, bringing up each application involved in the background (you can tell because when the application needs to be…unexpectedly quit, iTunes and iPhoto are running), which could be gumming up the works a bit.
Overall, it’s functional. Just don’t expect it to work as advertised.
Have you installed Front Row?