OSX on a windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by minty-freshness, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. minty-freshness macrumors member

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    i respect apple and their awesome new program. i was wondering if someone had ever thought of actually putting OSX onto a windows. is OSX just too easy that the PC would explode, or what? just seeing if it's possible.
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Which awesome new program? OS X? I assume you mean installing OS X on a PC?
    Yes, I think a couple of people might have thought of it before. ;)

    It's currently a violation of the Software License Agreement with OS X to install it on a PC.

    Some people still attempt to do it: http://www.osx86project.org/
     
  3. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    On of the things that makes an Apple an Apple is the superior hardware/software integration. If Apple decided to release OS X on to any old Dell, HP or home-built box, you could throw that advantage out the window.

    If you take a look around on osx86project.org, you will see a bunch of people who are hand-writing their own drivers (well, only a few are writing but a bunch are using them) so they can get their sound cards and video cards to work. "My OSX86 is working great! Well, I only get mono and I am limited to 1024x768 but who really cares about that stuff?" Apple could add support for all these devices but they won't. There is too much that could go wrong. One positive about OSX86 is the amount of people who have said, "Screw it...I'm getting a Mac."
     
  4. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    It's not a matter of attempting it, it's already been done many times by many people (including myself). :D It's very easy to do if you've worked with disk partitioning or partitioning software, you have broadband and access to a dvd burner. That being said - I won't go into the legal issues involved. :) I don't currently have it installed and don't plan on it anytime soon because I've long since decided to buy a Mac; I'm just waiting for the Core 2's to appear and then I'm on my way to the store.

    Apple would also lose the money they make on their hardware, and Microsoft would see them as a direct competitor which would also sour their agreement/relationship (if there even is one). That being said...OSX86 runs from ok to very well depending upon what hardware you are running it on; ie if you have an Intel system with Intel chipsets, you're all but guaranteed compatibility. I've ran it on my P4 3.0c, 865PE mobo system and had everything work (including higher resolutions on a Radeon 9500 video card). But, yes, you're still running (effectively) a hacked and community-supported OS versus something that Apple themselves publishes, so - YMMV.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    My point in saying "attempting it" was that Macrumors HEAVILY frowns upon discussing illegal activities. Which this is.
     
  6. JBot macrumors 6502

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    Doesnt sound illegal to me.......;)
     
  7. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    By the 'new program' - I think the OP means BootCamp.

    BootCamp allowed a user to run Windows on a Mac, not Mac OSX on a PC.

    As previous P's have said, it is possible, but is 1) not supported by any companies for drivers etc, and more importantly, 2) Illegal.
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    People's opinion on whether the laws are appropriate or not are totally irrelevant, and moreso incredibly stupid.
    Just because I think pot should be legal won't keep me from a federal pen if I get busted with a kilo.

    The Apple SLA for OS X clearly states that OS X is to be run only on an Apple branded computer.
     
  9. virus1 macrumors 65816

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    not to mention, bootcamp isn't even a program. not even an application. clearly a pc don'twannabe..

    (you tell them, y!)
     
  10. Macmadant macrumors 6502a

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    People who install OSX oon anything other than a mac, make me sick :mad:
     

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