“According to proponents of the Red Box Myth, Mac OS X will supposedly soon run Windows software natively, perhaps as soon as Leopard 10.5. They’re wrong; here’s why,” Daniel Eran writes for RoughlyDrafted. “The Red Box Myth is based entirely on speculation circulated by rumor sites; Apple has never mentioned the Red Box as even a possibility, nor have they ever suggested even casual interest in natively running Windows software as part of the core feature set in Mac OS X. Where did the idea come from, why is it repeated so often, and how can it be disproved?”
“The Red Box Myth began nearly ten years ago, when Apple started drawing pictures of colored boxes to convey a simplified view of Mac OS X development. The point of the diagrams was to show how the new OS would be able to run both programs designed for Cocoa/OpenStep, referred to as the ‘Yellow Box’, and Carbon/Classic Mac software, called the ‘Blue Box.’ Other boxes were drawn to represent conceptual API functions of the Core OS, the Java VM, QuickTime media layer, the BSD subsystem, and so on, but none of these were assigned a specific color,” Eran writes. “People with no engineering background suddenly jumped to the conclusion that adding the capability to run new software in Mac OS X would merely require… adding another colored box to the diagram. The most obvious opportunity for a new colored box would be one to run Windows software, and thus began the myth of the Red Box… I think it’s clear that Apple will only offer support for dual boot, leaving third parties to improve upon running Windows within Mac OS X, or emulating the Windows APIs necessary to run some Windows apps.”
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