PPC-based palm top!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by shadowfax0, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. ELYXR macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2002
    Re: PPC-based palm top!

    That is absolutely amazing... I wonder if a scaled down OSX would run on that processor with a recompile. :)
  2. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    Re: Re: PPC-based palm top!

    im sure you could get one to work, but there is a better chance at doing it a different way.

    figure out a way to get your average PPC linux distro on it instead of what is already installed, then install Mac-on-Linux. OS X runs inside of linux and XFree quite well with this software from what I understand.
  3. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    Re: Re: PPC-based palm top!

    here's a question, if you scale down OS X, is it still OS X. I mean, if you take out quartz and other major subsystems (almost assuredly needed to run on an architecture as limited as a PDA), is it really OS X, or is it merely an Darwin based OS. If you scale down OS X with such major changes, would any apps actually run on it that currently exist.

    My thinking is no, it wouldn't really work. I don't think you can just shrink OS X to put it on such a device (and unless apple does it, there's very little hope, since OS X is presumably still looking for the hardware boot rom and won't boot on other systems, even if they have the same G3 and G4 chips in them).

    Just tos ay it before the discussion starts abotu it, I don't see anything about this that points to an apple pda coming out. It certainly would make it easier, assuming apple wanted to do a powerpc based PDA (I still don't think they are interested in that).
  4. UnixMac macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2002
    Phoenix, AZ
    Just like there is a scaled down windows for the Pocket PC's there can be a similar version of OS X.... Apple would get a Grand (yes $1000) out of me for a PPC PDA with OS X and some good specs!

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