At the moment of this writing, I’m in the process of installing Panther. Not on iBook. Not on G5. No my friends, I’m installing it on AMD AthlonXP 1700+ (overclocked to 2450+), under Windows Server 2003 Standard.
For ages I wanted to be able to test my pages and works, write-of-the-PC-desktop, on Mac browsers. I was incredibly happy when company management agreed that buying iBook was in the interest of the quality of web sites we produced. But now, I can run it right of the…oh, I already said that.
Conveniently calling their product PearPC, these guys are converting PowerPC instructions into x86 ones.
The best part is that it’s not only free, the whole thing is a very small download. Zipped Win binary is 325kB, and rar-ed 6GB and 3GB MacHD images are 440k and 220k. Apart from that, you only need ISO images of the first Panther installation disc - PearPC has Change CD option, but I did not need it. And you need a lot of patience, as installation is taking hours, and is quite CPU consuming. Then again, this is only 0.2 version.
The only thing missing is support for networking on Windows. I believe it would soon be added and then this would be pure fun.
Damn…I just checked the official site and saw that one of the developers died in a train accident… :(( life is really weird. My sincere condolences to the family of Stefan Weyergraf.