can mac os rumn on pc hardware

GATMAN

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Jun 6, 2005
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hello
i am a pc user, software developer, i want to test some programs on a mac os, i know very little about macs,
i purchased a external usb hard drive that says it is mac os compatible,
can i install a mac os on it and use it through my pc hardware ?

or does the mac os need the mac hardware ?


thanks for any replies
 

jsw

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Mar 16, 2004
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You need a Macintosh. There are some Mac emulators out there, but none of them are very good.

Apple's switching to Intel CPUs over the next 18 months or so, but, even then, you'll need a Mac to run OS X.
 

dotdotdot

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Jan 23, 2005
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There is stuff like PearPC, a painfully slow PPC emulator.

Side note: Just think that in about two years, we won't need PPC emulators... no more PPC!
 

RacerX

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dotdotdot said:
Side note: Just think that in about two years, we won't need PPC emulators... no more PPC!
You'll still need something that emulates the rest of the Mac hardware though.

And don't be surprised If Apple makes it that much harder to do in the coming future.
 

wdlove

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Plymouthbreezer said:
Not true - the PPC isn't dead.
In what context do you mean. In two year Apple will no longer be putting the PPC in a Mac, at least that is my understanding. The PPC will still live with IBM though.
 

chibianh

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wdlove said:
In what context do you mean. In two year Apple will no longer be putting the PPC in a Mac, at least that is my understanding. The PPC will still live with IBM though.
But Apple will still support it.... i hope.