OpenOSX on Monday announced it’s shipping WinTel 2.0.1, an updated version of the PC emulator based on the open source “bochs” software. OpenOSX Wintel is available starting at $25; upgrades from 2.0 are free.
OpenOSX Wintel’s biggest change with its 2.0.1 release is acceleration for Intel-based Macs, which OpenOSX claims leads to a 200 - 400 percent performance improvement compared to the previous release.
The software’s front end is now a Universal Binary, like its back end. The update also eradicates several bugs and adds a new preference that lets you use optimized or non-optimized binaries. Also fixed in this release is a network support issue, a startup problem on some G4s and more.
OpenOSX said that Wintel 2.0.1 can boot Windows 98 in as little as 15 seconds on a 2GHz iMac model with its stock 512MB RAM.
The software now includes three sets of binaries, optimized for G4, G5 and Intel processors, respectively.
The CD comes with open source operating systems ready to run on x86-based systems, including FreeBSD, Red Hat Linux, FreeDOS and more. It’s been successfully tested using Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows XP Professional.
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