“A Hawaiian company specializing in streaming video claims to have developed a $50 software emulator that allows a Windows PC to run Apple Computer’s Mac OS X. Maui X-Stream on Tuesday announced CherryOS, a virtual PC that mimics the hardware of a G4 Mac,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired News.
“The company said it is already working on a stand-alone version that cuts out Windows XP. A stand-alone version of CherryOS would allow OS X to run on a cheap commodity PC without the added expense of Microsoft’s operating system — provided the emulator works and Apple’s lawyers ever allow it to see the light of day,” Kahney reports.
“Available as a 7-MB download, the CherryOS software emulates a G4 processor and includes the chip’s multimedia-boosting Velocity Engine, formerly known as AltiVec. It also features support for USB, FireWire and ethernet. It automatically detects hardware and network connections, the company said,” Kahney reports. “According to [the developer], CherryOS performs at about 80 percent of the speed of the PC host’s hardware.”
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