For those of us who own already Macs, good for us! For those of us still bearing affections for your PC, you’ve got something new to try which might just cause you to switch. As more friends started to hit me up with web sites and videos of hackers successfully running the Mac operating system on almost any PC, I started to take these matters more seriously. Here are the three counts which convinced me that this is probably for real:
- The two videos on HardMac (an independent french mac news source). The first one is a video showing MacOSX x86 booting natively on a Pc notebook Mitac 8050D (Pentium-M 735/1.6GHz). Pretty legitimate videos I believe.
- OSx86Project reports that a torrent containing the VMware image of Tiger x86 has been leaked onto popular torrent sites. I’ve also seen the Tiger x86 developer DVD image and SSE3 patcher on torrents as well. While these torrents do exist, some people reported little success installing them. It’s only a matter of time before they figure it out.
- OSx86Project also reported that many individuals have been successful in (quite illegally) circumventing the TPM and SSE3 requirements (DMCA screams heads off!) of OS X. A user has since posted a very simple How-To Guide in their wiki with instructions for installing OS X in the latest version of VMware, a virtual computing software tool.
Do let me know if you discover anything interesting on your side…
UPDATE 1: I’ve just been MacSlashed
UPDATE 2: Looks like some people have recently managed to get Mac x86 to run on AMD64… now that’s impressive!
UPDATE 3: More sites with success stories on Mac x86 running on a wider range of Intel PCs, including a sexy Sony Vaio TR2A… check out the photos and videos there. For a 900Mhz notebook, Tiger look incredibly FAST!!
UPDATE 4: Dual-Booting Mac x86 & Windows now possible.
UPDATE 5: There’s now a Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) for you to see how Mac x86 might possible handle on your machine.
UPDATE 6: You can now run PowerPC apps to run in Rosetta on SSE2 processors! Here are new patches for mach_kernel and CoreGrapics. (Thanks Peter!)