So here I am. I decide to go legit and buy a family pack of OSX cause its pretty darn good. I had used the OEM install disc to try it out and, well, it runs damn fine on the Mini sooooo...
I'm sitting here with my Mini following Mechdrew's guide to the T. Used a Mac Mini to restore the thumbdrive, load it up on the Mini9 and as it starts to install it comes up with an error that says:
Mac OS X could not be installed on your computer
The Installer could not validate the contents of the 'BaseSystem' package. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance.
Click Restart to restart your computer and try installing again.