If you need to run a Windows-only app on your Power Mac G5, you now have an interesting option. OpenOSX’s web page for WinTel 1.0.1 reads as follows:
“Experience full compatibility with Pentium(R) processors, disk image and CD-ROM support. Floppy disk support may be achieved by creating a disk image with Apple’s Disk Copy software. Use the Finder to transfer data between the emulator and the Mac OS X operating system.”
“WinTel is an Aqua graphical user interface to control the popular and powerful open-source Bochs software. The WinTel product includes the following separate disk images with 10 different popular open source x86 operating systems pre-installed:
Fully-compatible and optimized for the new PowerMac G5, with more optimizations under development.
We have successfully tested WinTel/Bochs with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2K, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows XP Professional. We have developed a tutorial for installing Windows 98/2K/XP (though we do not recommend 2K/XP because they are much slower) at: Wintel 98 Tutorial and a tutorial for installing Windows 95 at: WinTel 95 Tutorial.
You may simply copy any of your Microsoft VirtualPC files over to a WinTel disk image by using the Finder. Most “.img” files can even be used directly!
Thanks to Mac OS X’s advanced architecture, multiple G4 CPUs can be utilized and are emulated as a single powerful Pentium(R) processor or as dual Pentium Processors. Mac OS X is a true chameleon of operating systems, users may now run a long list of operating systems within it: Mac OS 9, Windows 95/98/2K/NT, DOS, Linux, Unix, BSD, etc. software, seamlessly.
More info and download links here.
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FWB: There is no RealPC; it’s vaporware and it’s discontinued – August 27, 2003
Microsoft confirms VirtualPC incompatible with Apple’s G5 – August 27, 2003