Mac OSX on non-Apple Computers

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nate, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. nate macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2003
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    I know that there's a big buzz about people getting Windows XP on Apple computers, but what about getting OS X working on non-Apple computers?

    I'm not too concerned about having Windows XP on my computer, although I'm sure that this is good for some people, as there are some programs that only work on Windows. As for myself, I don't really have a need for Windows. Vista sounds neat, but I'm not going to be rushing to get it when, or if, it ever comes out... sometime in 2009, after a zillion delays.

    Saying that, however, as a consumer I'd be more interested in being able to run my one or two Windows-based programs without having to dual boot or use Windows to run my program. I've heard of Wine for Linux, which allows you to run Windows based programs in Linux without needing to boot or run Windows. I've heard that some people are working on an Intel OS X version of Wine, but I can't confirm that. To me, that would be more useful and practical than dual booting, if it worked.

    Going back to the topic: I'd also be interested in OS X on non-Apple computers. Don't get me wrong, I love Apple's design, but wouldn't it be really cool if you could custom-make your own computer and boot OS X on there?

    I don't know how hard it would be or how much would be involved, but it would be interesting of someone got it working. I'm thinking that someone out there is probably working on this, I just don't know much about it.

    I know that Apple clones once existed, and that was bad for Apple. So, I imagine that Apple would be careful about doing it again; although, I doubt that will stop people from trying to stick OS X on non-Apple computers anyway.

    But, it would be interesting to have an option if it ever became available. Also, would be the option to run Windows-based programs without the need to dual boot or even use Windows.

  2. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...I would try searching the forums - this topic has been done to death already...a few times.....oh yeah!
  3. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    check out this . I have heard that they have instructions on how to get it there.
  4. jkballer23 macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2006
    I am thinking about installing it on my desktop, but don't really see the point since I have a PB. Plus, not everything works correctly yet.
  5. Coolnat2004 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    I tried it back when it was just 10.4.1, and it worked alright.. but Rosetta wouldn't work so it was a pretty moot point at that time. Also, I had trouble getting the ethernet up and I'm sure there are tons of driver issues with it..

    My opinion: Not worth the trouble.

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