A way around Virtual PC and MSFT?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by MacManiac1224, Mar 11, 2003.

  1. MacManiac1224 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2001
    Is there a way around virtual pc for mac from Microsoft? Kind of, actually there is this program that runs only on intel boxes for linux and unix that allows the user to run Windows programs without windows itself. If Apple can somehow port this code over to Mac OS X, and simplify it and integrate it into the operating system, thier system will be able to run any program the market has to offer: Mac/Unix/Windows.

    Will Apple actually do it? The problem I can forsee is that once they make this, why would developers make Mac software? They would have no reason to because all the developers would make only Windows software, and it would all run on the Mac.

    Apple could develop this inhouse, and if Microsoft gets out of hand, then they can use thier own impllementation of wine.

    What do you guys think?
  2. yzedf macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2002
    you are forgetting something major: speed.

    wine and the crossover stuff for linux is a bad solution. it is slow, and only runs some programs. in general, it is not something to rely on for doing work in a professional fast paced atmosphere.

    plus, there are many companies out there that only create programs for the Mac.

    another great thing about OS X is the portability. many good *nix programs can be ported to OS X. this is where most of the networking and other basic utilities have come from.
  3. stromie952 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    The other thing that you are fgorgetting is the fact that Wine doesn't emulate the x86 hardware like Virtual PC does.

    It is actually running on a x86 processor, so it is just allowing Windows to run inside of Linux/Unix.

    Unfortunately a port of Wine would be useless. The only possibility would be if another app popped up i.e. Soft PC from back in the day.
  4. macphoria macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2002
    The way Apple started making all these softwares that directly compete against MS softwares suggest they probably would not be interested in implementing ability to run Windows softwares.

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