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Mac run on a PC--any views?

Anyone have any experience with this?  Here is a link:


I was over at the main COmputer school here in St Domingo, where the shop whiz and a friend of mine who is an editor at Listin Diario showed me their Mac on a PC. Now I am told by others that  this is "a hacked version of Mac OS X 10.4.5 for x86."  I didnt bother to ask the appropriate questions at the time, because I was just beginning to digest what I was seeing.  It appeared to be a PC with Tiger running on it, and everything seemed to run just fine.  Now another techie type down here assures me that "there is still no guarantee that you will have anything like native speed or be able to use all the normal programs on it. It might be possible to use it under emulation on a PC box but that will still slow down the system and is not practical."

I didnt get what he meant by "under emulation on a PC box," but I assume he was just recapitulating the idea of a hacked version of Tiger for x86.   It seemd to me that indeed they were successful in running the Mac platform and all its programs successfully and without any noticeable loss of speed.  We ran a few programs and all seemed in order.  I cannot testify to speed, and I would like to see the machine batch process a bunch of RAW files, but the thing looked good to me, if only because down here it is impossible to buy a new Mac without spending huge bucks, but a PC can be slapped together cheaply.

Any thoughts?  Anyone with experience in this?

by Jon Anderson at 2006-03-04 09:03:25 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I suppose the wave was unstoppable the moment Jobs announced the switch to Intel chips, but I remember reading that it would not be possible. (insert picture of a person having a rolling fit of laughter here…) Of course, saying that to a world full of hackers is the ultimate temptation. Apple is all over this issue and I can almost guarantee they will try to take such sites down and snip the whole thing in the bud (like they can; like fixing a leaking dam with a Bandaid…)

Here are some links:

Mac OS X for Intel hacked to run on generic PCs

DMCA axes sites discussing Mac OS for PCs(Don’t worry, we are not hackers…)

Mac OS X on x86 reviewed


by Luis E. Andrade | 04 Mar 2006 09:03 (ed. Mar 4 2006) | Philadelphia Metro Area, United States | | Report spam→
Cool Luis, well like I said, it seems that in fact everyone is doing it, and my two friends down here are a prime example.  I saw the thing, operated it, seemd fine to me, but I would like toknow if others have had first hand experience and are having success with it.  I will check the sites you list.

by Jon Anderson | 04 Mar 2006 10:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
hey Jon,
if you really wan’t to give it a try, check this site:
There’s tutorials, forums and everything you need to get started, but it won’t get you any new friends in Apple’s HQ. I’m not really into it, but from what I heard Apple tried to block it a few times but there’s always someone out there to find a work around.

by bruno decock | 04 Mar 2006 11:03 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Thanks Bruno.  Actually my friend and I down here can rig one up, I just didnt know whether it was worth it.  The thing is that because of shipping costs and tariffs, to buy  a new Mac is out of the question, but to build a PC here is pretty cheap.  But if it doesnt run fast enough or there are unforeseen problems, then I wouldnt do it.  Still I am thinking about it. 

by Jon Anderson | 04 Mar 2006 12:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
So I figured, Michal, but if my friends down here are any evidence of a trend, I would say this is going on right now all over the third world.  Maybe after all it’s fair: developed nations sucked this island dry for four centuries and are still doing so.  Sauce for the goose. . . .  ..

by Jon Anderson | 04 Mar 2006 16:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Michal, I know, I know. and I dont want to get into a whole row about copyright.  Also I hardly think Apple should have to suffer for what No. America, Germany, France and Spain did to this island.  I was being facetious — but only partly.  It is inevitable, it is happening — as has violation of my own copyright — but the whole phenomenon interests me — moral qualms apart.  To what extent can you control these things, and what does it say about relations between the third world and developed nations? 

As for my own work, I would say that I am vigilant whenever I enter into a contract with anyone — be it a competition, a magazine, an NGO, etc — but as for people copying my images outside of these arrangements, over which I have some control, well I just dont know, because I have no control there — and just what would these violations of my copyright involve?  I suppose it would depend on the circumstances, particularly if the image was used to support or illustrate some idea that I dont like.  The copying of the image itself bothers me less than the idea that it might be used for ideological purposes that I find distasteful.  But I am not going to spend sleepless nights over it. 

I heard a story about a photographer who discovered that some of the images being sold on those street stands in NYC were copied from one of his books. He was pissed, sought legal redress, but discovered that there was no way to stop it really.  I think that modern reproduction and distribution both give us incredible reach, but also inherently involve the possibility for piracy, and i doubt you can stop it.  Remember all those images of the Chinese govt bulldozing thousands of pirated CDs?  Didnt stop the flow at all. 

Anyway, I am interested in this for several reasons, so keep the info coming.

by Jon Anderson | 04 Mar 2006 18:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→

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