“Once Intel chips landed inside Macs and Boot Camp made its debut, it got a lot harder to blame rumor mongers for making a certain leap: Mac OS X could one day run Windows apps sans-Windows,” David Chartier reports for Ars Technica. “Indeed, projects like the open source Wine have facilitated some of this functionality, albeit in a limited fashion, for some time now.”
“A new discussion on a Wine mailing list… [is] called Interesting Behavior of OS X, in which Steven Edwards describes the discovery that Leopard apparently contains an undocumented loader for Portable Executables, a type of file used in 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. More poking around revealed that Leopard’s own loader tries to find Windows DLL files when attempting to load a Windows binary,” Chartier reports.
“According to the fledgling investigation in this as-yet short message thread, folks are suspecting that Leopard contains at least the building blocks for Apple to one day add a compatibility layer to Mac OS X for running Windows apps right alongside Mac OS X apps,” Chartier reports.
Full article, with links, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]