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    PearPC - http://pearpc.sourceforge.net/index.html

    Going by the screenshots, it works.
    I'll probably install it on my Athlon XP 2800+ and give it a try when I get home from TAFE

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    Looks VERY interesting. I'm not willing to give it a go at this stage in the game (just finished selling off all my PC stuff) but its looking tempting.

    Onc fully developed, if this emulator can deliver OS X on x86 with little or no slowdown, and fully supports the x86 hardware (including SMP) I will never buy an Apple machine again The main reason I like Apple stuff is because of OS X; if there is a way I can get the goodness of OS X on cheap PC hardware I'll do it!

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    Originally posted by Craigglez@May 11 2004, 11:30 AM
    Onc fully developed, if this emulator can deliver OS X on x86 with little or no slowdown, and fully supports the x86 hardware (including SMP) I will never buy an Apple machine again The main reason I like Apple stuff is because of OS X; if there is a way I can get the goodness of OS X on cheap PC hardware I'll do it!
    And I am sure when that day comes, Apple will make sure that the new OS X won't be able to run on emulated environment...
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    But the good news is... people will start to port OS X for x86, I guess.

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    Next project for elvis:

    Minimalist debian install on an X86 box that boots into a rootless X11 with a non-themened x-windows client, and starts a full-screen PearPC session running MacOSX.

    Sounds like fun to me!
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    As soon as i d/l Darwin (you need Darwin to format the disk image), i'm putting Jag on this Dell...i'll tell you how i go!
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    seems a little complicated to get running from the "getting started" thing on the webpage

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    Mmm...it should be worth it though!
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    An unofficial PearPC guide can be found here.

    The Pear PC Emaculation Forum here

    ... still looks like a lot of work to setup, but can't wait to see what it'll become after a few more point releases. On the forum one guy got his AXP 2800+ to boot 10.3 in under 4 minutes using the JIT compiler, sort of interesting. Only 10.2 and 10.3 are supported.

    SheepShaver, a linux PPC 604e CPU emulator (which runs PPC OSes 8.5 - 9.x) has existed for sometime. Again needs a bit of work to get going, and is quite slow. Has anyone ever tried it?

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    Damn...it looks like it ain't supported by Jag, which is all i have. Ah well, still gonna give it a go anyway. :P
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    It really works. So far its booted off the Jag CD, and i'm now going to launch Disk Utility to format the HD image. It took 17 minutes to boot. It's really slow, but it works.
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    Originally posted by LCGuy@May 12 2004, 06:56 PM
    It really works. So far its booted off the Jag CD, and i'm now going to launch Disk Utility to format the HD image. It took 17 minutes to boot. It's really slow, but it works.
    Great LCGuy Did it take you long to setup the script, did you install from the 10.3 CD itself/an image, if slow what sort of x86 CPU do you have?

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    It took me about 24 hours to figure out what the hell to do, that time including sleeping, eating, going to the toilet, checking my email, checking forums. socialising, going to class, and doing all that other stuff we need to do. :P Due to the fact that i don't have a copy of 10.3, i'm using Jaguar, and i made an ISO of my Jaguar CD, which i am installing from.

    Edit - Btw, i have a 2 Ghz Pentium 4 with 512K of cache.
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    someone posted a rather nice picture...
    Mac OS X 10.3 Panther installed and running on PearPC
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    Over the PearPC forums, people already asking for free copies (downloads) of Panther

    -> not looking good.

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    I wonder how long it will take Apple to find the page and nuke it though.
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    Apple have absolutely no way of nuking a PPC emulator. They can of course shut forums and discussion groups down for asking about pirate versions of their software. But the sourceforge page itself is relatively safe.

    Of course, Apple have been known in the past to put continual pressure on groups until they fold "of their own free will" *cough cough*. So there's no stopping that from happening, I guess.
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    This site outlines how to setup and install OS X under PearPC relatively easily, including setup scripts. But do you really have to install the Darwin source code as well?

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    Nope. I just used the OS X Disk Utility, like you would on a real Mac. Worked fine for me.
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    Free will comes in black suits and a plethora of muscle nowadays. Will things ever be the same? Anyway, we really have nothing to fear and I'm sure that Apple won't worry too much, XP skinning poses more of a threat than this does as far as detracting from sales. Most users will probably be out for the "I can run OS X on my X86 machine" kick, if so great and enjoy it!

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    Looks like one of the main guys behind it has been hit by a train and killed
    http://pearpc.sourceforge.net/index.html

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    Yes indeed.. shame..

    Talk about unlucky..

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