I thought this was interesting…
I just wanted to tell you about a hack I experimented on my PC (I didn’t really know what to do with it since I bought a Power Mac). It was surprisingly simple: I installed OSX86 and then Darwine. These are both simple operations. Now if I double-click on “Notepad.exe”, it just runs !
This is how it works:
Now that OSX runs on Intel (or even on AMD as far as I’m concerned…), it is possible to run Wine – a soft coming from the Linux world and whose aim is to provide a Windows environment – WITHOUT emulation. Thus an application such as Notepad.exe, which is compiled for ‘86 CPUs, can be run as long as the calls to Windows services are supported (opening a window, a menu, managing the mouse…). An obvious exemple is Microsoft Office (the Windows version – Microsoft hasn’t compiled it for a Linux environment, of course…), which runs with Linux thanks to CrossOffice, a commercial version of Wine.
Same story for OS X in a few months. Darwine is the OS X86 port of Wine. The fact that I could make my “Mac-Intel” notepad-compatible with basic versions of Darwine in 10 minutes means that, within a few months, most small Windows applications which have no equivalent on OS X will be runable without emulation, that is: with speed.
The more I think about it, the more it seems to me that the Intel transition will have big consequences on Windows market share and that Apple is well aware of it. From there, we could even suppose that the transition has nothing to do with problems about the PowerPCs, but is indeed a step to implement a hegemonic system able to run OSX, Windows and Linux application.
Not that such a development would make a hardcore Apple-hater (like you-know-who-you-are) buy Apple hardware, but it would invalidate yet another argument against buying Apple.