Virtual PC was an Intel emulator originally developed by Connectix (of QuickCam fame), which got acquired by Microsoft and dragged into Mac OS X as a way to run Windows applications (and the whole of Windows itself) inside a PowerPC Mac.
With the Mac moving on to Intel, it has been discontinued but remains one of the best ways to run Intel software on PowerPC architectures – since it not only emulates the hardware and CPU, but also caches emulated code (a very nice trick that QEMU doesn’t do).
- The Virtual PC 7.0.2 update restores “virtual switch networking” (i.e., layer 2 access by virtual machines) in Mac OS X versions up to (and including) 10.4.8 .
- CentOS 4.4 Server will not run inside it – Q , however, has absolutely no trouble.
- Installing a slipstreamed version of XP with SP2 absolutely requires you to disable automatic installation of Virtual PC Additions – otherwise, it will hang on “Installing Devices”.
- When running under Leopard, you will see
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- Virtual PC Performance Tips – Intel-centric, and somewhat generic, but to keep in mind.