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OSX on cheap PC hardware?

Posted in Apple, OSX, PearPC by Tony C on May 7, 2007

I’ve used OSX on a few occasions and rather liked it, Karen is an ex Mac engineer and I rather also have a fondness for the Apple esthetic.  As I recently purchased an HP Pavilion for Karen and replaced the old home PC with a Shuttle box destined to be a server at some point I’m not sure the ‘Gadget Police’ would let me sneak a new Mac into the house. 

Another alternative that presents itself is running OSX on the Shuttle and why not after all OSX runs happily enough on Intel powered Macs, so why not Intel powered PCs?  Of course I’m not the first to think of this as many pondered the possibility as soon as Mr Jobs realised Intel wasn’t so bad after all.  Of course it’s not quiet that simple as Apple’s licensing agreement doesn’t allow OSX to be run on hardware they don’t own, they make money on the hardware after all, but that of course hasn’t stopped people trying.   It is of course a hack as the Trusted Platform Module prevents OSX installing without one so unless you’re OK with this idea you’ve hit a brick wall. 

Actually there is an alternative.  If BootCamp allows you to run Windows on a Mac why not an emulator/virtual machine for other way around?  It seems PearPC could offer a solution.

 

Still it seems a lot of effort just to run Garageband!!!