Hack brings Mac OS X to the Nokia N900

We've seen Mac OS X on ordinary, PCs, but a Finnish hacker managed to get it to run on a Nokia N900 phone.

Emulation technology is used to get Mac OS X running on the Linux-based N900

Emulation technology is used to get Mac OS X running on the Linux-based N900

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 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 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 license agreement--check out Nikkanen's blog for more information.

(Toni Nikkanen via Engadget)

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In related news Firefox Mobile is now available for the N900 - Ed

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