Can i install os x snow leopard on my laptop?

April 23, 2011 at 09:20:43
Specs: Windows 7
Can a laptop with a dual core processor run OS X snow leopard? I have windows 7 on my ASUS laptop and i plan on reinstalling windows 7 or a new os to fix a problem. I was wondering if i could install OS X snow leopard even though my laptop isn't a mac.

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April 23, 2011 at 11:30:44
I believe that it can--you could see the OSX86 project for details I'm not going to provide, for reasons I will now mention. Now, legally, the answer is a shaky yes... this is highly not recommended to run OS X on a PC, unless it is *very* temporary to fix a Mac that you own and OS X that you own, and NOT a permanent install, because installing on non-Apple hardware does not conform to the Apple SLA for OS X. Even for repair purposes, this may not be right...

I recommend that if you are on a PC, and want a close-to-Mac experience that is completely legal, free, and open source, go to Apple - Open Source and download the source code for Darwin, the core of OS X, and compile it. You'll need to manually compile Gnome, and other packages. Want an easier method? Download FreeBSD, install Gnome and OpenSTEP on top of it, plus Wine to run PC versions of iTunes and other software, and you'll have a secure, fully-functioning computer. OPENStep, by the way, is what OS X is based on top of, so it will function very much like the pre-beta releases of OS X. I'd recommend looking into Gnu Etoile.

Otherwise, if you do not want to use the methods described, stick with Windows 7. Though I like Macs, I will mention that Windows 7 has indeed succeeded at imitating OS X very well. The new release of Narrator in Vista and 7 changes how it behaved in previous versions, making it near as pleasant as VoiceOver. The new taskbar behaves like the Dock in many respects, such as Jump Lists that can open when you hold your mouse button down and drag up on a button, or right-click. Programs can be pinned, and elements can be dragged and dropped within Windows. Windows Aero also has been optimized to behave like Exposé in this version, using mouse over features to hide and show windows.

Whatever you want to do is your choice, and it is your computer. I'm simply trying to help you keep your PC legal. If you have any more questions, let me know. It's been a pleasure helping you today. :)

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