Why can't you virtualize a Mac?

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  1. 0sync0 macrumors regular

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    Why is it possible to virtualize a PC and run Windows but you can't virtualize a Mac and run OS X?
     
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  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    because its not licensed to be able to run on anything other than apple hardware
     
  5. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. Pronoun macrumors newbie

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    A project exists to run Mac OS X on a regular PC.
    http://www.osx86project.org/
     
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    If you own a copy I can't see why it should be illegal. It's breaking the EULA, but that doesn't make it illegal.
     
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    There are many reason's it's illegal.

    Copyright infringement for one.

    There are others.
     
  10. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Couldn't they change their licensing terms to allow OS X to run on virtual machines that run on apple hardware and still protect themselves?
     
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    Why would they?

    You make more money selling hardware than licensing specs.
     
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    Why would a person want to run a virtual O/S on hardware that runs it natively ?
     
  13. Pronoun macrumors newbie

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    Software/Web Development.
    I would guess that if you want to run 10.5, but you want other versions for testing purposes. Just a guess.

    With a clearer idea of what the topic starter wants to do, the OS X on x86 project is no longer relevant, but here is a link to their legal FAQ. Decide for yourself wether you agree with them, I was just stating that a project does exists.
    http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ#Legal
     
  14. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I got the impression somewhere that Apple was big on empowering computer users.

    Most people wouldn't. But there are lots of reasons. Enough reasons that VMware has a market capitalization of about 20 billion dollars.
     
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    Didn't VMWare just show of software at MacWorld to allow you to Virtualize a Mac on a Mac? There was all this concern that it would allow Virtualization of OS X on a PC, but they guaranteed the author that to stay in Apple's good graces, that the OS X Virtualization code would not even be included in the PC version.

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    That was OSX Server in OSX regular. It surely can be done, but it may be a while until its allowed.
     
  17. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Clearly you haven't used Leopard yet.
     
  18. 0sync0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just did a search and can't find anything to that effect.

    My first Mac is on the way and I am somewhat apprehensive about the Leopard stories I've read. But I also read a ton of horror stories about Vista and that works fine for me.
     
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    A developer might also need to test that an app still runs on 10.2.8 because enough users request it. It's hard to imagine a developer running anything earlier than Tiger, but relying on the SDKs isn't enough.
     
  20. psychofreak Retired

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    Waaaay less problems with Leopard than Vista, the poster was referring to the lack of customisability on OSX.
     
  21. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Reading forums is sure way to put you off any OS people post problems and its
    a tiny minority,people dont come on here to post "ooh im so happy with my Mac/leopard'' and that must be god knows how many people
     

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