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post #1 of 14
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"To go where no PC has gone before"

Back in the late eighties/early nineties, there was a secret project at Apple called Star Trek. Because it was to "take the MacOS where no MacOS had gone before". It was porting system 7 to intel, they were partly funded by the ever-paranoid Intel, and they got much of the old toolkit running on 486s...

Now look at the front page of Apple.com. As much as I just can't believe OSX X86, This clearly alludes to it...

Relax though, even I don't believe it

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post #2 of 14
I'd be willing to entertain the idea if OSX was fully functional on the Mac, but it isn't. Apple can't afford to spread it's resources to support 2 platforms, when X isn't working desirably on anything right now, that would not be a smart move.

As impossible as it seems, I would believe 2.4 GHZ G5's before an intel port.

The hard part is, it's hard to think the way Apple views its products. They would say that the iPod has gone where no MP3 player has gone before. From this, I would guess that Macs will gain some functionality, which pc's do not currently have. How desirable this functionality will be, remains to be seen.
post #3 of 14
In no way does this point to an x86 OS X; where has no PC gone before, Aqua-land? PC is a well-known acronym for personal computer and this just hints at a revolutionary computer function, not an OS X license program.

BTW, there's a <a href="http://http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=1&t=000593" target="_blank">discussion</a> about this in Future Hardware already if you're wondering why no one is replying to this thread.
post #4 of 14
Also, with as quiet of a secret as this all is do you really think the people writing the tags know for sure what will be announced?

I would be willing to bet that they were told that there will be something huge that has never been done before. Come up with some lines to keep people wondering.

Just my 2¢
post #5 of 14
In the Mac world, PC is a well known phrase for Windows-based computers.
post #6 of 14
I think it is just a reference for personal computer
post #7 of 14
Maybe instead of OSX on x86, maybe they will be bringing the x86 over to the Mac?
post #8 of 14
Either way would be cool.

I know lots of people who want to use OS X but don't want to buy a Mac because they like to build their own machines.

Maybe a PPC port of XP?
post #9 of 14
Perhaps they've invented the warp engine. Ever think of that, bud?
post #10 of 14
I've heard many Steve Jobs keynotes where he uses the term "PC" to refer to a Personal Computer, NOT specifically a Windows machine.
post #11 of 14
[quote]Originally posted by sizzle chest:
<strong>I've heard many Steve Jobs keynotes where he uses the term "PC" to refer to a Personal Computer, NOT specifically a Windows machine.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I remember the keynote where he introduced the digital hub idea. He specifically said that people were predicting the death of PCs but he felt that the PC was going to become the digital hub and wasn't dying. Am I crazy or did he really say that? I'm like 99% sure he did and of course he was referring to all PCs (personal computers), Mac or Windows.
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post #12 of 14
The "personal" computer will always be the hub of a digital lifestyle.

What will change is that "personal" computer will really soon be "personal" in that it will be smaller, portable, and more powerful.
post #13 of 14
It's not a rumor.

<a href="http://www.opensource.apple.com//" target="_blank">http://www.opensource.apple.com//</a>

"What is Darwin? Darwin is the core of Mac OS X. The Darwin kernel is based on FreeBSD and Mach 3.0 technologies and provides protected memory and pre-emptive multitasking. Darwin runs on PowerPC-based Macintosh computers and a version is also available for x86-compatible computers. "

You can download the cd-rom image from Apple or purchase it from <a href="http://www.bsdmall.com/darwin141.html" target="_blank">http://www.bsdmall.com/darwin141.html</a>
post #14 of 14
Oh come on... why did you dig up this old thread? <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />

Everyone already knew that Darwin ran on x86. Big flippin' deal.
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