OpenOSX ships WinTel 2.0: runs Windows at ‘nearly native speed’ on Apple’s Intel-based Macs

“OpenOSX today began shipping its WinTel 2.0 emulator software with Universal binaries, bringing nearly native emulated x86 performance to Apple’s new Intel-based Macs and allowing Mac users to run Microsoft Windows with increased speed. WinTel is designed to be an easy-to-use solution for configuring and utilizing the open-source Bochs software, which allows x86- or Pentium-based operating systems to run on Macintosh computers,” MacNN.com reports.

Wintel 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and is available for $25 via download, while upgrades from previous versions are priced at $15.

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MacDailyNews Note: WinTel is a Cocoa graphical user interface used to control the included powerful underlying open-source “Bochs” x86 emulation software. WinTel 2.0 includes the following separate disk images with 10 different popular open source x86 operating systems pre-installed: FreeBSD, GNU Hurd, FreeDos, PicoBSD, Minix, NetBSD, Debian Linux, DLX Linux, Red Hat Linux, and MuLinux. WinTel 2.0 has successfully tested running Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows XP Professional.

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31 Comments

  1. How is it that this small company can get windows onto the new intel Macs within a week of their announcement and MS cannot? One would think that the creator of the OS itself would be a bit more efficient.

  2. Great news on the speed increase. Although this is only a benefit to Mac users who need to run Windoze. Or gamers who want to play Windoze games that don’t exist on the Mac platform.

  3. Rasterbator….as long as it gets more people to buy Macs and increase our market share, who cares? If Macs capture 20% of the market, programmers will start making the great games for our platform. Huzzah!

  4. Does it work better than Microsoft Virtual PC 7 (on PPC Macs, that is)?

    Virtual PC is a memory hogging, slowly responding, crashing nightmare on a brand new iBook with a gigabyte of RAM.

  5. So the recommendation is to just wait for the official Bochs release for Mac OS X Intel?

    I realize that there a plenty of slimeballs who take open source and pass it along for money, iEmulator is another one of these products charging money where the “finished product” is almost identical to (yet still a step behind) the free open source version called “Q”, except the icons got changed. They are both Cocoa Apps too. At least he gives credit though.

    Unlike Q though, this one seems to have multiprocessor support, and the USB is already built in. So it’s a few steps ahead of the QEMU project.

  6. So the recommendation is to just wait for the official Bochs release for Mac OS X Intel?

    I realize that there a plenty of slimeballs who take open source and pass it along for money, iEmulator is another one of these products charging money where the “finished product” is almost identical to (yet still a step behind) the free open source version called “Q”, except the icons got changed. They are both Cocoa Apps too. At least he gives credit though.

    Unlike Q though, this one seems to have multiprocessor support, and the USB is already built in. So it’s a few steps ahead of the QEMU project.

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