Apple won’t put OS X on other platforms

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Apple won't put OS X on other platforms

The forthcoming client version of Mac OS X will only run on Apple hardware equipped with a G3 or G4 processor.

Apple Vice President of Product Marketing Phil Schiller told Macwelt magazine at this week’s Apple Expo in Germany that the Mac OS X client won’t be available on third-party systems built around IBM Corp.’s new CHRP-based PowerPC motherboard spec. Developers, however, will be able to use Darwin, Apple’s open-source OS, to develop for the CHRP-based systems.

CHRP, or Common Hardware Reference Platform, is a multi-OS hardware standard created during the days of Mac cloning by a consortium that included PowerPC partners Apple, IBM and Motorola.

Schiller said Apple still plans to ship Mac OS X client early next year, and possibly as soon as January’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

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