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    Mac OSX simulation on PC?

    Hi. I'm a moderator in another forum where most of the users have PC's but occassionally I get asked a question about Macs.

    Unfortunately I don't have any experience with them, but as I'm training as a DST I'm very interested in learning more about them, but I don't want to go to the expense of buying one since I already have 4 PCs and certainly don't have room for a machine I'd probably rarely use. Hence, does anyone know of a Mac simulation program that will run on a PC? And if so where can I get it?

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    Most people do this with VMware or PearPC. AFAIK, there's no marketed product specifically for emulating a Mac on a PC. And although we obviously don't condone it here, it's feasible to install OS X Tiger on a PC. Google is your friend on things like this.

    Oh, and if you're going to get anywhere close to running OS X on a PC, you'll need your own copy of OS X.
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    There are emulators that will do that just like VPC but it's meant to emulate the mac hardware so you can run OS X. Do a google search for one. then get your hands on a copy of OS X. One thing as of 10.4 the EULA of OS X says doing this is "Illegal". So that is all I will say because I'm alot nicer then the others here are about this kind of things. So I hope that helps you out. Just for your FYI why I will talk to you about this is because I moved over to the Mac right about the same time 10.4 was coming out. If I had know about these tools I would moved over sooner. So with that I will say good bye and think Mac.
    And to those of you that will yell at me for talking about this BITE ME!! This is a free county after all. It's not like I told him how to do it or where to goto i.e. Like telling him the main pages of the software. I told him to look it up on google because it's out there just got to know what to put in is all. I'm just doing my part to help move over more people to OS X.
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    Actually I'm a "she"... LOL. and just to destroy the stereotyping further, I'm 50. I'm undergoing a career change due to a chronic illness.

    Thanks for the info, though I can't say I understand why if you have a legally owned copy of OSX it should be illegal to run one via an emulator on a pc, but I will take the time to go research it. I live in the UK and Macs aren't very popular here. In fact I've never met anyone who's ever owned one, or if they did they kept very quiet about it.
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    It's not illegal if you actually bought a copy, I think. Apple said they would do nothing to prevent people from booting OS X on PC's a long time ago.
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    Well that's OK then. I only use software that I have licences for, I certainly don't plan on getting into trouble over illegal stuff... it's the hardware I'm not planning to buy, I've got a number of very good manuals I can study for now. Not that I was always so good, but us techs need to set a good example, so I stopped using "borrowed" software a long time ago and all my OS's are fully legit. Although I'm a great advocate of open source freeware and have some very interesting apps floating about on my pcs.

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    This is right off a OS X 10.4 Disk.
    Now take a Look at what is said in parts 2 and 3. It' the parts in red, Apple spells out that to run OS X on any other computer other then and Apple "Computer" is highly illegal. Why do you think Apple sued the site that was posting cracks so that the Intel rev of OS X would work on most Intel P4 or higher boxes or most new AMD boxes?
    Sorry about calling you a guy in my post i don't look at other people's profiles. i look at it as wrong to do that with someone telling me to.
    my bad. I hope this helps you out some. other wise I would say pick up a mac mini and use boot-camp on it so that you can use Windows and OS X on a computer that it is legal to do so from. The nice part of a mini is that any old PC keyboard USB and USB mouse and screen will work with the mac right out of the box.
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    The real problem is you can't _have_ a legal copy of Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) for intel Macs unless you've bought an intel Mac. That OS does not exist in a retail version so far.
    If you're going to try PearPC, which slowly emulates a PowerPC Mac, you won't get a real feeling for how a Mac really is and feels. So if you truly intend to get some experience with Mac OS X, there isn't really a way around buying a fairly new Mac, which isn't too expensive. I'm sure you'll find an almost-new iBook G4 or some form of Mac mini around the UK for not that much money. If you get, say, a MacBook, you can even retire one of your old PCs, because the MacBook can run Windows XP natively as well.
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