“For years, Mac users have been able to run Windows on their machines using products like Microsoft’s Virtual PC. Now Windows and Linux users can do the reverse. Released last week, PearPC is the first software emulator to allow Apple Computer’s OS X to run on an Intel- or AMD-based machine,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired News. “Developed by Sebastian Biallas and Stefan Weyergraf, a pair of 23-year-old computer students from Aachen, Germany, PearPC re-creates in software the PowerPC architecture, the hardware used in Apple’s Macs.”
Kahney reports, “The free, open-source software allows Intel- and AMD-based PCs to run several operating systems compatible with the PowerPC, including Mandrake Linux, BSD, Darwin and, most importantly, Apple’s Mac OS X. Users can download and install a copy of PearPC, and then install a boxed copy of OS X, which can be purchased from Apple for $130. [PearPC] is incomplete, unstable and painfully slow — running about 500 times slower than the host system.”
“Despite the sluggish performance (one user estimated PearPC would need a 150-GHz PC to run OS X in real time) and a painfully convoluted installation procedure, the system is being enthusiastically embraced by curious geeks,” Kahney reports. “A blogger called Tzonbryan marveled at the excitement of all the Mac wannabes playing with the system and reporting their experiences at sites like Emaculation.com, a Mac-emulation site, and Neowin.net. ‘It’s a bit hard to explain the sense of glee and hope these prisoners of Microsoft emote upon seeing the grey Apple boot screen appear on their screens,’ Tzonbryan wrote. ‘Amazing … the sheer numbers rushing out the Gates of Hell to escape the chained bondage that is Windows.'”
Kahney reports, “‘PC folks clearly admire Apple’s ease of use … and its cool applications,’ said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, a market-research firm. ‘But in the end, they really want the large amount of applications that come with a standard PC. This particular product could give them the best of both worlds.'”
[MacDailyNews Note: Window susers “really want the large amount of applications that come with the standard PC?” Yeah, so 99-percent of them can do word processing, email, and surf the web. Note: you can do that on any Mac out-of-the-box. The whole “large amount of applications for Windows” canard is tired and doesn’t reflect how people use their personal computers. Most people would benefit more from iLife than by having the choice of 50 bad word processing applications, now wouldn’t they? iLife is avaliable only for Mac OS X. Not Windows.]
“Weyergraf said he and Biallas hoped PearPC could function as a relatively inexpensive introduction to the Mac,” Kahney reports. “‘You can think of people that would like to try Mac OS X because they are dissatisfied with their current OS,’ Weyergraf said. ‘They would then eventually buy a real Mac.'”
Full article here.