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Apple OS X runs just fine on AMD CPUs

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Wed Aug 31 2005, 20:06
APPLE ON X86 IS a tempest in a teapot. People are way overblowing the impact of the beta release on not-even-close-to-final hardware, and the tin foil hat crowd is having a heyday. Everything from how to pirate it and to conspiracy theories running rampant.

If you notice, we have been avoiding those because it is, frankly, rather a little boring, my dears.

Then some pictures arrived in my inbox, along with a little explanation that made me sit up and take notice. Look at these:

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Apple-on-voodoo-2

So, what's the point here? I was told a few bits, First, this is not the VMWare hack, it was installed on the notebook, so presumably the source has access to a legit copy of the OS. Next, it supposedly installed without a hitch, and everything down to the wireless card worked like a charm. Lastly, it was an AMD64 model, from the look of it, and it is most likely this one. Hmmm, that is interesting.

A quick phone call to Voodoo got me a promise of an explanation. Yay, breakthrough, dirt, happiness. When I got home, it was there, but a bit far from happy. Here it is with phone numbers and extensions removed for posterity.

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Hi Charlie,

At Voodoo our techs tend to push the limits of hardware and software - we try and keep ideas flowing - however I can't confirm the existence of such a machine. I can say if Apple did in fact license their OS to the PC world, we would consider carrying it.

Rahul Sood

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Damn those PC PC makers and their legal staff. Damn those readers for putting me in situations where I am forced to listen to marketspeak. There are two interesting bits here. First, AMD platforms run the current Mac OS X just fine. Secondly, there exists the possibility of Apple talking to OEMs other than itself. Voodoo won't confirm or deny this, as they said, and trust me, I tried to weasel it out of no results.

So, with a picture or two and barely a paragraph of text in an email, a lot of questions get opened up. Anyone have anything interesting to add? If they do pick licensees, Microsoft is going to find itself in a very interesting spot, with a sudden need to grow up really fast. µ

 

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