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Re: [vox-tech] Mac OS X on intel?
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Re: [vox-tech] Mac OS X on intel?

The rumor I heard, is that Apple has an in-house copy of MacOSX running on
x86 that they use for debugging cross platform problems and to illuminate
bugs that exist on the PPC side of things, but that don't show up
immediately. This rumor came about when they were asked a question like:
"Do you have a copy of MacOSX running on x86?"
"No comment"

And some sort of later clarification that there is one running in-house,
but it nothing close to full-fledged with full comparable support with
PPC... They only wrote drivers for the devices they use and everything
else is dropped. They had no plans to develop this for marketing to
consumers, it was just a tool used during the development process.

Of course these are just rumors. At the time, many of the sources (web
pages, USENET posts) had inconsistent quotes and descriptions. It has many
of the earmarks of an urban legend. Searches on google may provide these
original posts, or better yet, may show something from Apple that is


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Micah J. Cowan said:
> On Wed, Jan 15, 2003 at 01:24:51PM -0800, Ryan wrote:
>> Does anyone know if it's possible to put OS X on an Intel PC?
>> -ryan
> Not currently; however, there is talk of Apple switching to
> Intel-based CPUs for future hardware, and documentation of their
> Operating System architecture also hints strongly at this possibility.
> However, I have also heard that such Apple hardware would still be
> largely incompatible with "IBM PC" style computers. Dunno in what
> ways...
> HTH,
> -Micah
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