Running Mac OS X on Generic PCs with Parallels/VMWare? [Update]

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    CNN profiles the growing Mac virtualization market that allows Mac users to run Windows (and other Intel operating systems) on their Macs.

    An interesting side effect of this virtualization software is that it suddenly has also become easier for PC users to run Mac OS X on their PCsVMware's CEO Diane Greene told me last week that her company's existing x86 desktop product is already being used by some to run Mac OS on computers from Dell, Hewlett-Packard and others, though this is not intentional on VMware's part.
    Parallels will reportedly be upgrading its software further "in a way that by coincidence will make it easier to run Mac OS on a non-Apple computer." It appears that both VMWare and Parallels have been "crippled" to satisfy demands from Apple that users not be encouraged to install Mac OS X on PCs. VMware's CEO says their initial shipment delay has been, in part, due to Apple's demands:"We were trying to do it the way they wanted to, but in hindsight we should have just gone ahead, I wonder what Steve Jobs is going to do, because there is so much pressure to run Mac OS on non-Macs. There's no technical reason not to do it. He's so proprietary about everything, yet it could be a very strategic move for him to make"

    Update: Apparently, Parallels is planning to provide Mac OS X virtualization on Macs, so that users can run additional versions of Mac OS X in a window. The side-effect to this feature would make it easier to run Mac OS X in a similar virtualization environment on non-Apple PCs. Details

    Article Link: Running Mac OS X on Generic PCs with Parallels/VMWare? [Update]
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2005
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
    California, US
    How is it a very strategic move? They make money on the hardware.... :confused:
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    Red Sox Nation
    I don't know much about programming or anything, but I thought there was something in the OS X code that binds Mac OS X to official Apple hardware. So if this is true, wouldn't it be illegal to run OS X in a virtual environment on a pc?
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    What advantage does that really give you? You still have to have windows up. I guess ARD and server stuff might be cool to run.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    Redlands, CA
    Please let me dual-boot on my PC! I'll always be in the market for a Mac with OSX, but running OSX on a PC would be awesome. Choose the best/most appropriate hardware and choose the best OS!
  7. macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2006
    I can see this subject from both angles. On one hand, this means that you don't have to buy an Apple branded computer which saves us money. However, Apple makes a lot of money off of their hardware so I can see where they want to keep it so it only runs on their hardware. I bet that Apple will put a stop to it. I thought that you couldn't run OS X on non-apple hardware anyways.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    From Canada, living in Seoul
    I smell a lawsuit.

    I can also see Apple doing some pretty fancy dancy stuff to prevent Mac OS from running on non-Apple hardware. I think Mac OS should stay on Macs.

    I'm also sure that OS X won't run as well on Dells and HPs because of the difference in hardware (video cards, sound boards, etc)
  9. macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2006
    New Jersey
    While I would love to be able to only deal with Mac OSX I will not sacrifice that for the loss Apple :apple: Hardware. I just hope this doesn't result in any loss of Apple sales. Although I doubt 99.9% of potential switchers would even consider doing something like this. It shouldn't affect Apple too much, just so long as it doesn't make a hit news story or something...
  10. macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2006
    East Lansing, Michigan
    If Apple really wanted to be evil, I bet the EULA of Mac OS X stipulates it can only be run on an actual Apple Computer and they could go out and sue individual users, or sue VMWare for making a product which purpose is to violate an EULA of another product.

    Even if the EULA doesn't stipulate that, Apple will still sue someone.

    YOU SHALL NOT PASS. :mad: :mad: :apple: :mad: :mad:
  11. macrumors 68040



    Do you hear that marching sound?

    The squeaky squeak of tank treads?

    It's the sound of Apple legal on a blitzkrieg.

    Sie kommen...
  12. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2006
    All over the place
    Steve Jobs at Macworld 2007:

    "If you are serious about software you should make your own hardware"

    Does he mean this, or is he bluffing?

    This is an interesting story: Technology naturally evolves towards MacOS running on generic PCs. It is only market forces that prevent this from happening openly.

    Technology vs. corporate policy: Which one will prevail?
  13. macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
    hmm would be intresting but wasnt there someting in the macs os code that will not let you run mac on windows
  14. macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004

    What can Apple sue over? The VMWare is just a virtual machine. When Apple decided to go with the Intel architecture they opened themselves up to this. There is no reason why VMWare or any other virtualization company should have to cripple their software to satisfy Apple. I see this as something good for the consumer, if Apple doesn't want people running OS X on non-Apple hardware then they should provide the consumer with incentives to not "switch back" :apple:
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2006
    Peace in Plainfield
    That's the purpose of emulation. To emulate the hardware so that the software can run on top of it.
    I really do hope that they stop trying to port osx to PC because that's apple's bread and butter, the mac hardware. Windows is hardware independent and runs on millions of configurations of hardware. OSX is coded to work best with one set of hardware configuration. I am so sick of PC and windows combo that I'm settling down with an iMac this week. Is it really worth having such an awesome OS like OSX if you cant run it natively on your PC? I mean the purpose (at least to me!!) of having emulated OS/software is to get teh functionality of some programs on one OS and be able to run it on another (eg. codeweavers, wine, cedega, etc). Not install Windows (and have to deal with its issues), and then run an OS on top of that.
    I guess maybe if OSX had something on it that isn't available on windows (or even a "better" alternative), then yea I can see the point. My two cents and I will back Apple on this one. :apple: :apple: :apple:
  16. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i think it would help apple to sell os x buy itself.....but i can see also why they don't want to do it.....
  17. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2002
    There's totally technical reasons for not running OS X on any computer. Microsoft Windows driver hell. Microsoft has to keep up with hundreds of thousands of drivers and keep them all backward compatible. OS X is able to be stable as it is because it doesn't have to support a ton of drivers.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    If apple sold OS X for generic PCs, The price of OS X would go up tremendously! Apple already made a great deal of money off of you for the mac you will be installing it on, People will start buying old crap PCs, apple will loose money, OS X goes up in price, or apple faces the same thing they were in with (what was it) OS 7(?) where they licensed their OS, and apple almost died!

    Do you really want to see that?
  19. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  20. macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You're making a rather large leap from talking about technology to legality. While I believe it is illegal in the US to circumvent copy protection, this is not copy protection, nor is everyone in the US. Some of us live in countries with much saner copyright laws.

    Whether it is a violation of Apple's EULA remains to be seen, but from my understanding EULAs don't stand up in court anyway.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 12, 2005
    My two cents...

    Microsoft has been fairly successful as a purely software company ;)

    Apple isn't going to be able to control (stop) this they should change course and make this a positive thing versus fighting a losing battle. They can if they choose to. Hopefully, Steve will remember how Apple (Steve) spit in Bill Gates' face many moons ago when Bill offered to get behind Apple's OS...not Windows. Bill went forward with Windows and we all know how that turned out.

    Yes, Apple makes a lot of money off of hardware, but selling MILLIONS of copies of OS X would be a pretty huge chunk of change. Many times over the profits of hardware. Look at the profits of selling a kazillion iPods! I don't think Apple would lose a high percentage of Mac hardware users...BUT gain millions of OS X users.

    Apple is moving out of being a niche company...seems to *me* like this could be THE move into the mainstream.

  22. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    Currently there is NO WAY (that I can see..) of running OS X in a virtual machine even on a real mac.

    Thats a REAL problem, especially if you're coding a driver or something, which is likely to hang the machine during testing.

    This is exactly what a virtual machine is for, testing.

    I say let apple open up OS X to everyone, yeah they'd lose SOME hardware sales, but only from the people that know how to build their own systems. 90% of the people out there want a 'computer', mac or pc, they don't care. They don't want to piss around building it, they just want a box they can look at and a board they can press keys on.

    And.. what, ~95.3% of them bought PC's, and I bet only 70% of them actually care what operating system they run, and I get only 50% of them actually know what an operating system actually is. And even then I bet only 30% of them know the difference between OS X and windows.

    And I bet only 10% have heard of linux.
  23. macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2005
    I know plenty of people who have built up PCs with similar components to Macs, so that they can run OS X with full driver-support, at a fraction of the price of an Apple desktop machine.

    Cracks are available to allow OS X to run without any issues. Its use on beige boxes is pretty widespread among PC-using geeks.

    But it is a breach of Apple's licensing conditions to run OS X on a PC, and there is no way I would want to do so, just in case Apple's lawyers decide to go on the offensive.
  24. macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Things have changed from just a couple of weeks ago at CES then, when Benjamin Rudolph stated in this video that while it's technically possible it won't be happening due to Apple's licensing policy of only allowing OSX to run in a non-virtual enviroment on Apple hardware.
  25. macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2005
    Got to have a choice.

    Whether it is possible or not but one should always have a right to choose best hardware and software. Everybody knows PC hardware is much better (except the design part.) and Mac OS X is much better OS.

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