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I understand that OS X runs on top of BSD Unix. Presumably it mostly communicates with Unix and not with the hardware. So how hard would it be to port OS X (call it OS X-I or X for Intel) to run on top of a Unix-Linux system running on an Intel box.
The major downside is that this might really piss off Microsoft. Perhaps Apple can't risk that.
Imagine OS X-I running on 100's of millions of Intel boxes!


I can think of a few things:

1) It might really piss off Microsoft. No more Office, IE, Outlook?

2) 100s of millions of Intel boxes? Who's going to write all those device drivers, and rev them for each hardware rev from each vendor on the planet?

Note that Microsoft doesn't write these. The vendors do, often by hiring a contractor to knock out a quick hack or rev a driver. These guys are good at Windows DDK work, and largely ignorant of anything else.

I just bet that buyers of Mac OS X for Intel wouldn't want to be told that they'll have to wait for drivers from third parties for their fave graphics card, mouse, joystick, etc. Apple gets to write these? With no support from the Wintel hardware companies? (I've been in this situation, calling vendors and saying I wanted info to write a device driver. "Sorry, but we write all our drivers" For NeXTSTEP? "No, Windows only. There's no percentage in smaller platforms for us.")

3) See 1.
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