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VirtualBox Beta Supports OS X As Guest OS On Macs 154

Posted by kdawson
from the macs-on-macs-oh-my dept.
milesw writes "In addition to a slew of new features, VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 offers experimental support for Mac OS X guests running on Apple hardware. Got to wonder whether Larry Ellison discussed this with Steve Jobs beforehand, given Apple's refusal to allow virtualizing their (non-server) OS."
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VirtualBox Beta Supports OS X As Guest OS On Macs

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  • Re:With what host? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Dracker (1323355) on Friday April 30, 2010 @10:30AM (#32043998)
    Mac != Mac OSX

    Macs can run all kinds of OSs these days through boot camp.
  • Re:With what host? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Lunix Nutcase (1092239) on Friday April 30, 2010 @10:30AM (#32044002)

    Wow I've heard of not RTFA or RTFS but you couldn't even finish reading the title to find the information you wanted? It's only 10 words long.

  • OSX on Vmware (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gaspyy (514539) on Friday April 30, 2010 @10:35AM (#32044042)

    OS X has been working for quite some time on VMWare with a Windows/Linux host. It's been even hacked to work with AMD processors on the host, so from a technical standpoint, nothing new.

    Frankly, I'm getting really tired of all the artificial limitations that Jobs is placing left and right for developers and consumers alike. A bit offtopic, but yesterday I realized that while quicktime pro can export to MP4 as well as MOV, if you want to use H264, you need to use the MOV container. Why? When Microsoft did that with WMA vs MP3, people complained. Loudly.

  • by jedidiah (1196) on Friday April 30, 2010 @11:15AM (#32044582) Homepage

    The biggest threat that comes from virtualized MacOS is the possibility that people might be
    able to try MacOS without any real investment in the process. They could easily and cheaply
    determine for themselves if it is "all that".

    You will no longer need to be a "geek" to give MacOS a serious test drive.

    That will likely cause all of Apple's mystique to evaporate.

  • Re:OSX on Vmware (Score:5, Insightful)

    by catmistake (814204) on Friday April 30, 2010 @11:34AM (#32044854) Journal

    Frankly, I'm getting really tired of all the artificial limitations that Jobs is placing left and right for developers and consumers alike

    I read your other posts, and it's not that you sound trollish or anything, just that you have your own experience, which as it turns out isn't what it's supposed to be and not Apple's fault. But I quoted you because it is becoming extremely trendy to bash Apple for jealously protecting their IP. It is difficult for one to separate personal preference or bias from the truth of the matter when trying to make a global evaluation of a company using a few gripes repeated ad infinitum by the uninformed. It's not an artificial limitation that Apple is employing. Or rather, it's no more artificial than Windows requiring a key. But Apple's money comes from hardware, and by restricting their software to only run on their hardware, by any means, they are creating a consumer insentive to buy their hardware. To quote the insane and immoral tyrant himself, "it's as simple as that."

  • Re:With what host? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jedidiah (1196) on Friday April 30, 2010 @12:03PM (#32045354) Homepage

    > windows 7 is better/an improvement/what vista should have been. Doesn't mean any of us care or
    > intend to use it other than it being practically required for enterprise employees at the moment.

    I am not sure I would consider being forced to use MacOS an improvement.

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