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OSX on x86? best PearPC update ever...

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If you want to try out MacOS on your PC in acceptable speed:

not even think of the crappy CHerryOS, which was released last week. Try the fastest PPC-Emulator on x86 around : *PearPC!* - now in a new flavor. tasty till you drop out! The performance will blow you away!

The latest build of the opensource 'PearPC', 0.4, includes a *very, blazingly fast* G4 Altivec-Support, and is the most stable build of this program ever. Mouse-Pointer is fluid, even the dock is not choppy anymore, install time is reduced, startup is faster than on some macs, network access is perfect. Even multitasking works in a really acceptable manner, try office ot other programs, now even the G4 ones - the best opportunity for PC users always thought about switching to the mac community but didnt had enough time to check the OS out - or wait for Apples Marklar (but hell, who knows what happens, when they release tiger - or do they really wait for the cell chips?)

All errors of previous builds of this incredible emulator of the ppc architecture (especially the G4-builds) are gone (for example the start-errors, the display errors). And man - its FAST. And the next build (codename winters'end) is on the horizon...

PearPC is working hard establishing an openbios-implementation in pearpc very soon, accomplishing native cd-writing, hardware-supported devices (OpenGL supported graphics on your graphics-card [accelerated quartz-extreme]; perfect sound-emulation; CD/DVD-Playback etc.) - only a few steps away. Even rumours of dynamic recompiling are heard in some forums. They are working really, really hard on that - now, that the cherryos 'competition' showed up. And they are far in the lead. When the next version appears, they should send all competitors to the moon. And we will have a fully functionable, easy to use, high-powered G4 emulator for the x86 architecture - all managed trough open source. Which means no competition to apple, they are doing apple a favour by providing x86 users with an eXPerience they'll never forget - and want to have daily. The 'real' thing. ;)

The so called 'cherry os' - a copy of an very old, badly hacked pearpc-version, wrapped in VisualBasic-Plastic, with some shreddered pieces of other Programs on top (3-4 gpl-violations so far), which supposably only run cause it uses teeth as feet, but is selled for 50$ since last week - is 15 times slower than actual PearPC-Build. And even filled with a virus. And PearPC is still getting stronger by each hour put in the development and with each new member to their community.

Once again - Check the rapidly growing PearPC-Community (thanks to the media-events by cherryos), test the new build, test a really nice, stable, clean and fast working enviroment for osx on your computer and: Support them! Developers and programmers are needed for the next, the ultimate version - they will surely have updated their pages and realigned their project in a few days - when you participate, donate, support, bugtest, bring in your experience, take over some tasks (- which they surely have clear, just sign in the developer mailinglist and participate in the forums as well as update their wikis. THey need you as you need the Aqua-eXPirience - and they delivered the (nearly) ultimate one - by their new release.

PearPC now also has an easy to use installer that helps you in every step with your configuration - your installed OSX 10.3.9 is just a few minutes away. And they'll hope - your support as well.

Download the new build:

http://prasys.skidsoftware.com/ (updated near daily, check out the file '0.4pre altived, 15.3. fastest build ever)

Check out the sites:

http://www.h80571.serverkompetenz.net/ (updated a few days ago, hopefully a wider update will come soon to accomplish a welcome for new developers)

http://pearpc.sourceforge.net/ (hopefully updated soon for the next versions and for supporting new developers...)

:) And now.... test and support.... :)

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Dont expect G5 speeds of tomorrow (we do need apple and their beautiful computers!), but its 15times faster than cherryos and as well a lot, lot faster (1200-4900%) than the first release most of you might know. Speed surely depends on your systems-specs.

Try using latest drivers (GL turned on) and SDL, as well as giving him 512MB (1GB-1.5GB makes it 30-50% faster, even if you use an XP-Swap) or more, shut down the startup-things, kill all the tasks and all crappy services (XP as well as the startup tasks in OSX). Even works (best option, with a screwed-down/service-task reduced XP system) as 'second OS' by putting it as one and only program on a new user account (XP). You should test this. Nice feeling: turning your PC on, clicking on OSX at startup and 1 or 2 minutes later: you see the real thing - crystal clear, no errors, workable. On YOUR PC. :)

There are also rumours on a coming 64-Bit Version - which will give it another *large* boost (with the actual version its just whooo on a Athlon64, though its not optimized yet [then 5-10 times increased performance, betas leaked]. Mine works really well, fluid and *not at all choppy or 'slow as hell'* on an Athlon XP2200. *really workable, you should see it*

Its for users who do not try to startup 50 applications in the same time, actually it manages 2 or 3 in acceptable speed. And if you use just one .... you can really have the osx feeling on your pc - just test it and support them. They are working on a new build already (and need your experience)...

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I had a good chuckle at this. Don't expect decent speeds until;

• PearPC goes 64-bit.

• Processors hit 5GHz mark (or equivalent performance).

• Performance of emulated machine is 20% of the host machine.

Of course it all depends on what you class as "decent," my 1GHz G4 is fine for most things - but I'm still upgrading because it chokes on intense games and large graphic work (2500+ layers slows it down plenty). (I'd personally class decent-performance as follows: Open up 30 applications (decent sized, full applications. Not tiny freeware stuff). I did this on my Mac the first week I got it and, only on 128mb of RAM, exposé was still responsive)

Doesn't PearPC only emulate at something like 1/15th the speed? I'd hardly call 166MHz from a 2GHz PC decent speed.

(Excuse me if that 1/15th figure is wrong, I haven't been following claims much of late)

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great. i'm going to try this at home. which build is the one? the official build or something else?

Go to prasys' web page via the Links section on the PearPC website and download the build that has the description of "BTW, this is the fastest build ever......" (March 16, 2005) ;)

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