May 25, 2004
apple tech

Looks like you actually can emulate a PPC on an x86 well enough to install OS X. It’s still a little on the slow side (basic emulation results in 500:1 slowdown over the host processor, while their JIT compiler for x86 brings that up to more like 40:1 slowdown since they cache the translated code), but the project seems pretty active, and there’s lots of room for improvement. Still pretty need to see Mac OS X running on a PC (either Windows or Linux, but I’ve just tried Linux at this point). Here’s a few screenshots that show it off: