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Running OSX on Virtual machine 
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Post Running OSX on Virtual machine
i was wondering if anyone has successfully ran an OSX in an virtual machine environment.

i currently use VirtualBox 3.2 to run a winXP virtual environment so i can do web testing in IE 6 environment. but i would also like to run OSX only so that i can test it in safari too. i Probably won't have any other use for the OSX other than doing my web testing.

currently, i believe VirtualBox's OSX support is still in a very raw beta stage. so it's not exactly a setup and go process i believe.

i am open to any suggestions. :animals-fishblue:

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Post Re: Running OSX on Virtual machine
I run a virtual box to run windows so I can test websites. However the new CS5 offers Browser Labs which will emulate all browsers on all systems so you might want to look into that instead of running the whole OS. That's what I plan to do anyway.

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Post Re: Running OSX on Virtual machine
cool thanks.

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Post Re: Running OSX on Virtual machine
You can run OSX in VMWare, but not legally. There's torrents of a VMWare "image" that has Snow Leopard. You can also do it yourself but I believe it requires some hacking (because OSX doesn't natively boot off non-EFI hardware)

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Not to go down a rathole, but why are we all not using EFI yet? MSI experimented with it but that's the only one I know about. From what I understand EFI is far superior.

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Is this the part where I insert the rabbit with a pancake on his head?


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Post Re: Running OSX on Virtual machine
Nataku wrote:
Not to go down a rathole, but why are we all not using EFI yet? MSI experimented with it but that's the only one I know about. From what I understand EFI is far superior.

I don't know. I bet Apple is part of the reason, cause then OSX would easily run on PCs ;)

I think the main issue is that involves a major re-write and I'm guessing mobo manufacturers don't want to foot the cost for that. Especially if their developers don't know/understand EFI. I believe Windows 7 supports EFI though, or at least to a minor extent.

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Post Re: Running OSX on Virtual machine
FYI Browser Labs is free service now! And it's freaking awesome!

https://browserlab.adobe.com

It appears to be rendering the websites offsite and the display what it renders to you locally. At least that as best as I can tell. It's really amazing

Edit: free until April 30th 2011

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