Dancing Bears And Macs

There’s an old saying that goes, “We do not applaud because the dancing bear dances well, we applaud because the dancing bear dances at all.” Every once in a while though, you encounter a dancing bear who also dances well. PearPC – PowerPC Architecture Emulator is just such a bear. I had read about it on Slashdot a few weeks ago as no doubt many of you had, but I was keen to try it out for myself to see if I could get it to work at all and if I could then how well would it perform on a machine that I built more than three years ago.
The answers were that it was actually quite easy to get working, the most difficult part was digging up a copy of Mac OS X to make use on it (as that is really the only OS I would have any interest in running though the PearPC software supports others) and though I had expected glacial performance, it was actually quite acceptable on an AMD 1600+. Below I’ve included a screenshot of the OS X installation procedure informing me of its system requirements. It says that I must have a PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 but I beg to differ 🙂

BTW, one other site not to be missed is PearPC.net. Their step by step guide to getting it running had me going in no time.