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OpenOSX ships WinTel 2.0 for Mactels

updated 10:05 am EST, Tue January 17, 2006

WinTel 2.0 for Mactels

OpenOSX today began shipping its emulator software with Universal binaries, bringing nearly native emulated x86 performance to Apple's new Intel-based Macs and allowing Mac users to run Microsoft Windows with increased speed. WinTel is designed to be an easy-to-use solution for configuring and utilizing the open-source Bochs software, which allows x86- or Pentium-based operating systems to run on Macintosh computers. OpenOSX WinTel includes 10 ready-to-use disk images of open-source x86-based operating systems which FreeBSD, Red Hat, Linux, FreeDOS and others. WinTel 2.0 has been successfully tested running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows XP Professional. Wintel 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later and is available for $25 via download, while upgrades from previous versions are priced at $15.

by MacNN Staff





  1. eswinson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Emulate away

    Interesting that it is still "emulating" x86.

    Has anyone tried any of the EFI aware linux distibutions on the new Core Duos?

  1. piracy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OpenOSX is very shady

    They take open source products, package them up (sometimes taking someone else's packaging work), and then sell them, without acknowledgment.

    See for an example. Also, I highly, highly doubt that their "Wintel" product is taking anywhere near native advantage of the Intel Macs.

  1. realestateHunter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's MacBochs!

    From the screenshots, WinTel 2.0 is just repackaged MacBochs. I know it was unusably slow on 1 GHz+ Powerbook and I'm curious to see if it really runs that much faster on MacIntel.

  1. ex2bot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mactel Emulating?

    As I understand it, all virtualization software emulates part of the system, even if you are running, say VMWare on Windows "emulating" a version of Windows. The virtualization software creates a virtual machine, so that the operating system thinks it has the machine to itself.

    There is a version of Bochs for X86, and likely this version of Mactel for X86 would be near full speed.

    I'm not recommending it, because I don't know for sure. I also don't know about the legitimacy of the company, which some people have complained about.


  1. macentric

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It Works, but slowly...

    Well I bought the software yesterday and waited a day to get the link for the download. I am currently attempting to install a copy of Windows XP right now following their tutorial. It does seem to be working, but I am pretty positive that it is working nowhere near native speeds on this brand new Intel iMac.

  1. ravenz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Installing it right now..

    Watch this thread for updates.

    Photos posted at:

  1. macentric

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Performance Update

    Its SLOW...... I have been installing Windows XP for the last three hours. I can confirm that the MacBochs binary is an Intel binary. The WinTel front end is not. The performance is not even remotely close to native. Seems like these guys are at it again.

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