Running Macintosh O/S on a PC ?
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"The PowerPC processor is not emulated at this time by current releases of SoftMac, so Mac OS 8.5, 8.6, 9.0 and X are not supported since those versions of Mac OS require the PowerPC processor. PowerPC native applications are also not supported at this time."
Unfortunately, he only real solution is to get another computer in your office.
IIRC there is a Mac emulator for Linux.
Currently none of the mac emulators will simulate a PowerPC. I am not aware of any publically sold tools that will allow you to test MAC OSX in a simulated environment.
Ah, the Mac-On-Linux project was what I had been thinking of, but that is for PPC processors. While I have an old 266MHz iMac in the attic that is capable of running OSX, I wouldn't suggest using it as a test machine. For approximately 1,000 USD you can find either an eMac, iMac (G4), or iBook (G3 dual usb). Those will offer enough power to approximate the low-end of Macdom for a majority of potential consumers.
For $1099 you can pick up that new G4 iBook!
Buy a new eMac for about $800 from Apple, or if space is the most urgent issue, you could get an older Powerbook Titanium G4 on eBay for about the same price. Just promise not to start rumors that Macs are slow if you buy something so old it's under 800Mhz, or get too little memory.
Just a warning about buying a new Mac notebook for testing...
+1 for the iBook; I have a year-old G3 and it's still pretty sweet (and Panther fixes some of the more annoying things I miss from Windows).
The latest MacOS you can use on your PC is of version 8. It runs fine under Basilisk (freeware). You will need an image of Apple ROM which you can only use legally if you own a Mac computer (I had zero problems getting it illegally by posting a message in a proper forum). But getting an older PowerPC Mac for testing is probably a better idea, as those can be now had for peanuts.
Also consider getting a Mac desktop (like a G5, not an iMac) and using a KVM switch to share a mouse, keyboard and monitor with your PC. E.g.,
I'm interested in this RealBasic cross compiling thing too
Egor, try turning on full-keyboard access. Then you can press enter for the default button, and space for the currently outlined button (and switch the highlighting via the tab key.)
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