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Cherry OS: Mac emulation software for Windows

updated 10:35 am EDT, Tue October 12, 2004

Run Mac OS X on Windows

MXS last week announced its software, a software translator that allows users to install Apple's Mac OS X operating system on x86 computer architecture. "To put it simply you can now run Apple's award winning Panther OS on your PC! This breakthrough in OS development now gives home users, software developers and web designer's ultimate flexibility in both the operating system and hardware platform you use for your personal computer or testing environment." The company says that Cherry OS runs Panther as a virtual machine on Windows PC with full network capabilities including the ability to share folders and access the web as well as complete access to the computer's hardware resources including, Hard Drive, CPU, RAM, Firewire, USB, PCI, PCMIA BUS and RJ45/Ethernet and Modem. It is available online for $50.

Arben Kryeziu, Cherry OS inventor and a software developer, got tired of carrying both a Mac and a PC around with him, so he invented Cherry OS. "Think about it," says Arben. "Now about 600 million PC users can have the Mac advantage. One computer to use all software and if PC users would use Mac software to get email, perhaps they would avoid viruses, Trojans and spy-ware." He went on to say that , "You can build and test applications for a Mac on your development PC, test web site design for Mac web browsers without having to buy the hardware, run OS X, the world's best Operating System, on a less expensive hardware platform and use your favorite Mac apps on a PC."

by MacNN Staff





  1. beyere

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait a minute..

    Something about this doesn't sound right. How come Apple hasn't gone all 'cease and desist' on them over this. Isn't Apple pretty protective of its intellectual property, especially its OS?

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not too useful

    One bug advantage of the Mac platform is that Apple controls the hardware and the software. Running a Mac emulated on a PC loses you all of the performance, and most of the slickness, inherent to the Mac platform.

    Also, I hate to say it, but how many Mac-only applications are there out there? Emulating the dominant platform on a niche platform is a good move. How many people will want to go the other way?

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I went to check them out, and got the following:

    Server Error in '/' Application.

    The resource cannot be found.
    Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.

    Requested Url: /screnshots.aspx

    Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.573; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.573

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They claim 80% of a PCs performance. They said a 1GHz P3 would be as fast as an 800MHz G3. Uhm... an 800MHz G3 is faster than a 1GHz P3.

    Regardless, even in raw speed, 80% sounds like a crock. I'll believe it when I see it.

  1. Mithras

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm sure it's PearPC

    I'll bet anything that this is the open-source PearPC program, with an installer and a $50 price tag.

  1. leperkuhn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i hope

    Why is everyone that posts here so negative and childish when it comes to supporting the platform? I hope that Cherry OS works with reasonable performance. The biggest barrier to entry for a lot of people is initial cost. They don't care about TCO or any of the 100 other reasons you throw at them. They don't have 2 grand to throw down for a g5 tower.

    I would think Apple would be happy about this. What better way to get more converts than to get people used to the OS? You wouldn't buy a car that you control the steering with your feet unless you tried it out first, would you?

  1. Maflynn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hope Not

    to leperkuhn
    I hope this fails. Basically this is money out of Apple's pocket. Instead of purchasing the hardware they will be a $50 application. Apple has a small customer base as it is, this will not grow that customer base (harware).

    I hope the lawyers at apple will send a cease and desist.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: i hope

    Apple subsidizes OS development with hardware profits. If people buy a PC with CherryOS and a copy of MacOS X instead of a Mac, Apple loses money.

    So what if people don't have $2k to spend on a G5. Apple makes eMacs and iMacs too.

  1. bedoughty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    These guys are bloody idiots. Absolutely, positively, bloody idiots. Any who's 'sick of carrying around a PC and a Mac' clearly hasn't done any research to realize you don't HAVE to carry around a PC and a Mac.

    Nothing like completely missing the fundamentals...

  1. HashPipeK

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares

    I'm not giving up my Mac thats for sure. Using Windows is painful and I'd just rather use my Mac all the time, and let the PC sit in the corner making heat.

    Apple has no argument for a cease and desist. PearPC has been out for sometime. Apple promotes the exact same thing for Macs. Virtual PC.

    Of course this thing is going to be dogg a** slow (if it works at all) and just make people say oh macs suck. I'm sure it'll crash a bit too and choke Windows giving lame-o PC's heads something else to say about Macs, but really it speaks only of their precious Windows.

    Anyways it could be good for places to check websites for Mac compatibility and whatnot. I doubt someone is going to run OS X on their PC as their main OS, but if this sells a few copies of OS X then who cares.

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