“Steve Jobs might not approve, but Apple’s latest operating system can be installed on any x86 hardware. How well does it function? Read our preliminary labs test to find out,” Kai Schmerer reports for ZDNet UK. “Back in June, when Apple boss Steve Jobs announced the platform change to the x86 architecture, some Apple-watchers could not believe their ears. Had Jobs not preached for years that Intel’s architecture was much too slow? But Apple’s slogan is not ‘Think Different’ for nothing. Its decision to support the x86 architecture lies in the unsatisfactory performance of the incumbent PowerPC processors — particularly in the lucrative and growing notebook market, where the IBM/Motorola-designed PowerPC chips clearly lag behind Intel’s CPUs.”
MacDailyNews Note: Steve obviously doesn’t approve, Mr. Schmerer. Didn’t your read Apple’s Mac OS X End User Licesnse Agreement (EULA)? This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time.
Schmerer reports, “When Steve Jobs announced the platform change, he publicly demonstrated Apple computers with Intel processors running an x86 version of Mac OS X. The OS is bound directly to the hardware by a special security chip. However, some developers have succeeded in circumventing this coupling, allowing the operating system to be installed on any x86 system, as this test report shows.”
Schmerer describes the easy installation process for Mac OS X, although he said the process “takes about two hours,” which is far longer than on any Mac upon which we’ve installed Mac OS X. Schmerer also writes, “Mac OS X looks in amazingly good early form on the x86 platform. As far as power consumption and OS performance are concerned, it can already keep up with Windows XP. Application performance clearly lags behind, though, and still needs to improve.”
MacDailyNews Note: Rosetta emulation environment may have figured into the results as Scmerer himself notes in the performance section of his article.
Schmerer writes, “Mac OS X offers many advantages over Windows. The installation routine uses a graphical interface from the start, and any user interventions that are required are more intuitive than with Windows. You will look in vain within Windows for programs as effective as Disk Utility, which is available during the setup phase, while the efficient network tools make it straightforward to connect to a Windows network. Apple has continued to improve its intuitive control concept with Mac OS X, using 3D effects and other visual devices (see above). There are therefore plenty of reasons to consider Mac OS X as a serious alternative to Windows.
Schmerer concludes, “So far, mainly because of performance and price issues, the Apple platform has failed to tempt many Windows users. This could change soon: from the middle of next year, a Mac OS X x86 platform will be available, which will offer more performance to the Windows world. However, the operating system is currently only planned to be available on Apple hardware. The modification that makes the OS accessible for all other x86 computers, as happened with the developer version evaluated here, will no longer be possible.”
Full article here.
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This would be a slam-dunk case for Apple’s legal team if they wanted to bother. Schemer breaks the Mac OS X EULA and then writes about and signs his name to it, all so that he can provide a goofy set of “tests” that will be meaningless as, even Schmerer admits, running Mac OS X on a Toshiba notebook won’t be possible in the future (unless Toshiba licenses Mac OS X from Apple – don’t hold your breath).
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