Poll: Do you want MacOSX on your PC?

Poll: Do you want MacOSX on your PC?

Summary: Today you can run Windows on Apple hardware with no problem. With Parallels, Windows and Mac software can even run at the same time, sharing the same screen. But consider the opposite - running MacOSX on non-Apple PC hardware. If you could do this in a legal, easy to use manner, would you?

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In a interview with Fortune magazine,Apple Inc. SWsoft CEO Serguei Beloussov says that this spring Parallels will upgrade its software in a way that "by coincidence" will make it easier to run MacOS on a non-Apple computer. VMware President Diane Greene says that their software is already being used by some to run MacOS on plain old PCs, although this is "not intentional" on VMware's part. Finally, the article quotes Michael Dell as saying that Dell computer "would offer MacOS if customers wanted it and Apple would license it on reasonable terms".

Today you can run Windows on Apple hardware with no problem. With Parallels, Windows and Mac software can even run at the same time, sharing the same screen. But consider the opposite - running MacOSX on non-Apple PC hardware. If you could do this in a legal, easy to use manner, would you?

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Reminder: Click the Vote button to vote on the poll, not the thumbs up/down at the top of the article. Well, actually you can do both if you like, but the thumbs up/down indicates what you think of the quality and interest level of the article itself and isn't counted in any poll results.

Challenge for Apple fans: The most votes ever cast on one of my polls up to now was 6738, for Xbox360 vs. PS3 vs. Wii. If this poll could break that record then it would send a strong signal about the demand for running MacOSX on a PC. Of course, if the 'nay's outnumbered the 'yeah's, that would send a different kind of signal.

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Ed Burnette

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  • "Do you want MacOSX on your PC?"

    Why would I ever want to do that . It would be like infecting the Mac OS X user experience . If anything I already have Mac OS X running on my trusty PPC G-3 . If you want Mac OS X , buy APPLEs Hardware .


    "In a world without walls and fences , who needs windows and gates."
    Intellihence
  • I'm surprised it's not yet happened

    I would love to run OSX on my non-MAC system. Apple should just either do it and should have done it by now.

    The time is right since there is a clear leap in capability between XP and OSX. Once Vista gets established, it will be very difficult to grow Apples share of the business..
    Prognosticator
  • If, When

    Feedback I have from OSX 'gearheads' is that it's not a question of 'if' Jobs will make OSX available to OEMs but 'when'.

    Gonna happen this year, IMO.
    D T Schmitz
    • A little skeptical

      I'm a bit skeptical this will really happen because we've heard it all before. However, a Dell/Apple agreement that could verify a certain small subset of (Dell) hardware that would run on MacOSX might take care of the compatibility issue, which seems to be the major technical stumbling block.
      Ed Burnette
      • Stockholders...

        ...will demand it!
        D T Schmitz
  • I doubt it

    Parallels makes a good deal of money selling virtualization so that Macs and run
    Windows. Why would they threaten that by being on the receiving end of a lawsuit
    from Apple?

    Every few months this tired, old story gets recycled: Apple needs to port OS X to
    PCs. It generally happens whenever a new Windows OS or Apple OS is released and
    Windows users are forced to face just how much Windows sucks, and like most
    people they want their problem solved on the cheap, so they whine about Apple
    being mean by not letting them run a decent OS on their existing hardware.

    My answer has always been: Be a man, own up to the fact you made a foolish
    purchase, dump the PC and get a Mac if you want to run OS X.
    frgough
  • Whe the hell would we want it?

    Why would I run a less functional OS. 5% of the software available for PC is made for MAC. It's also amazing what a buggy OS it is....I've been supporting macs for many years now and I'll tell you it doesn't "just work". Apple has good marketing(lying) but that's about it.
    Protector
    • Really now?

      In the 7 years I've been using a Mac, I have not had a real problem. In those same 7
      years I've dealt with many windows problems. The Mac has not "frozen", had a
      "kernel panic" (BSOD), required a OS reinstall, contracted a virus, nor required the
      same level of maintenance that the windows pc has. Also with each OS upgrade the
      Mac became faster, while the pc became slower. Go figure that one?
      Rick_K
      • Simple, you are either

        Lying through your teeth, or don't actually do a lot with computers.
        I've seen lots of problems on the Mac and the PC, if you actually use them. Try supporting Macs in a graphics house where they push them to the limits, and you'll see lots of crashes. Heck, just a little while ago(after an Apple update), if you saved a Photoshop file to a volume mounted with AFP you were guaranteed a kernel panic and the need to pull your file off the last good backup(namely total data corruption).

        Try pulling your head out of the fanboy sand and take a real look around. No OS, if you actually attempt to do stuff with it, works as 'wonderfully' as you claim
        mdemuth
        • Why do you hate Apple so much?

          I'm just wondering.
          NonZealot
    • Wrong

      Your full of it. I've been in Mac support since 1987 and have never had it so good. OSX is rock solid and a joy to use.
      As far as the software is concerned can you run 100% of the Mac and PC software on the market? Didn't think so, I can with my Intel Mac.
      observer1959
  • It's all about competition ..

    And the user would win in the end. HAving another choice for an OS on your PC would serve two function, keep MS honest and bring down Vista pricing, secondly it would allow for those who want the true over priced MAC experience to over pay and buy a MAC from Apple. It's your money.

    This will definately happen soon, IMO. Remember it's Apple Inc, not Apple computer. MS is trying to compete with Apple in the MP3 market, why shouldn't Apple do the same to MS in the OS market.

    Bring it on.

    Will anyone buy it is a different question.
    Oknarf
  • Ultimate form of DRM

    Apple is enforcing the ultimate form of DRM, by preventing OS X from being installed on any other hardware, other than what you have to buy from them. There is no technical reason OS X would not be able to run on non-Apple PCs.

    Yet, Apple is artificially restricting you from doing that. But most Apple fanboys are not smart enough to realize that, and think Apple's extent of DRM is "Fairplay", thinking MS is more restrictive than Apple.

    It is interesting to note that the [b]only[/b] way for Apple to push more Macs out the door is to... allow people to run [b]Windows[/b] on it! How... Telling...ouch!

    Personally I don't care about OS X, and would not buy it even if I could install it on a system I built myself. I think it is severely overhyped, and I have used it enough to make an informed choice about that.
    Qbt
    • Ultimate form of DRM

      [i]Yet, Apple is artificially restricting you from doing that. But most Apple fanboys are
      not smart enough to realize that, and think Apple's extent of DRM is "Fairplay",
      thinking MS is more restrictive than Apple.[/i]

      I'm willing to bet you're anxiously waiting to install windows vista (the real ultimate
      form of DRM) on your computer. Microsoft has, with vista, pushed the boundaries of
      DRM. At any given moment they (Microsoft) can "lock you out" of your own computer.
      Now it that isn't the ultimate form of Digital Rights Mutilation, I don't know what is.
      Rick_K
      • Uhm, no

        [i]"I'm willing to bet you're anxiously waiting to install windows vista (the real ultimate form of DRM) on your computer. Microsoft has, with vista, pushed the boundaries of DRM. At any given moment they (Microsoft) can "lock you out" of your own computer. Now it that isn't the ultimate form of Digital Rights Mutilation, I don't know what is."[/i]

        Uhm, MS [b]can[/b] lock me out, but they [b]don't[/b]. On the other hand, Apple absolutely [b]does[/b] lock me out. I fail to see how your conclusion is that MS is more restrictive.

        As I was saying about most Apple fanboys...
        Qbt
        • How does Apple lock you out?

          Hmmm? Curious minds really want to know. ]:)
          Linux User 147560
          • umm

            I don't think Apple locks you out. They lock you in. Then again, I don't really have a problem with them doing that. It's how they choose to sell their equipment.

            If I were an Apple consumer, I would just realize that my choices would be limited. For some, that's ok. People act like making a choice between a Windows based PC or Apple PC determines something other than a simple preference.

            Who really cares which one you choose. Go with what works best for you.
            Badgered
          • How does Apple lock you in?

            In any way different than Microsoft? Does the hardware lock you into OS X? No. You
            can run Windows on Apple hardware. Or Linux. The only thing you are locked into is
            the software you invest in based on the OS you run. To call that lock in is a bit silly.
            frgough
          • Simple

            Can I install OS X on any non-Apple purchased hardware? Legally? If not, then Apple is locking out every hardware manufacturer other than themselves, and locking you into their own hardware. There is no technical reason for why OS X can't run on any other hardware, it is just that Apple wants you to buy [b]their[/b] hardware. Hence artificially limiting you, and therefore, it is the ultimate form of DRM.

            On the other hand, I can install Windows on many many hardware different systems. I can put together my own system from scratch and install Windows. Can I do this with OS X?

            So yes, Apple completely locks everybody into their own platform. Why is that so hard for you to understand, or to accept?
            Qbt
          • Correct!

            If anything, Apple offers the greatest amount of choice anywhere. Through Parallels,
            a complete myriad of OSes are now open to run on the mac hardware. The only time
            Apple enforces the OS/Hardware rule is with its own OS. And that is so everything
            runs smoothly. Which in my world, is a fair bit smoother than my XP experiences. I
            think PeterWeter needs new parts for his head with his line of reasoning.
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