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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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