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Hacker runs Apple Mac OS X on Nokia N900

Run Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" on a mobile phone

A Finnish hacker has managed to get Apple Mac OS X to run on a Nokia N900 phone.

Have you ever wanted to run a full-blown copy of Mac OS X on your mobile device? One hacker has managed to get Apple's operating system running on a smartphone, and it's not the iPhone.

Finnish geek Toni Nikkanen has become the first person to successfully run Mac OS X - in this case, Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther" (released in 2003) - on a cell phone. The phone he managed to achieve this feat with - Nokia's N900 smartphone. Sadly the hack, which makes use of PowerPC emulator Pear PC, runs incredibly slowly.

Some bloggers had suggested that the Apple iPad might finally deliver a more full Mac OS X mobile experience. However, this was not to be, as last week's unveiling revealed that Apple's tablet will run a variant of the Apple iPhone's operating system, multi-tasking limitations included.

Still want to give it a try? If you have a few hours to spare - and you don't mind stepping into a legal gray area by breaking Mac OS X's end-user licence agreement - check out Nikkanen's blog for more information.

PCWorld.com

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