VirtualBox 3.2 beta allows virtual Mac box

VirutalBox 3.2 Beta 1 was recently released with a new feature that will allow you to virtualize OS X. Right now the virtualized OS X will only run on Apple hardware but there is potential to get it running on Windows according to Life Hacker.

Typically a user running OS X would run a virtual Windows environment to access programs and features not available in OS X. Now a user could eventually run Windows with a virtual instance of OS X available to run programs or features that Windows lacks.

Along with the added support for an OS X guest the name has changed to Oracle VirtualBox since Sun Microsystems was bought out by Oracle in January of this year. They have also added multi-monitor support so you can take advantage of multiple monitors in your guest operating system. Along with pretty extensive list of major and minor updates and bug fixes.

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Important notice regarding OSX as Guest

by Perryg » 5. May 2010, 18:14
Due to license restrictions the new Mac OSX as Guest feature is only available to users with Apple/MAC hardware. Any other combination is unsupported and will therefore not work. Any post that talks about a different combination will be removed without warning. Any discussions of ways to get around the Apple SLA will also be removed.
http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=30560

petrossa said,
Important notice regarding OSX as Guest

by Perryg » 5. May 2010, 18:14
Due to license restrictions the new Mac OSX as Guest feature is only available to users with Apple/MAC hardware. Any other combination is unsupported and will therefore not work. Any post that talks about a different combination will be removed without warning. Any discussions of ways to get around the Apple SLA will also be removed.
http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=30560

In short, they (Oracle) are justifiably worried about Apple Legal. However, I can state categorically that the restriction is legal and *not* technological (if an OS X Leopard VM can run in VM software on OS X, why wouldn't it be able to run in the same software under Linux (which I have personally done) or even in Windows).

Surely if you can get OSX running on a pc you can get OSX running in a virtual machine on a PC

Right now the virtualized OS X will only run on Apple hardware but there is potential to get it running on Windows according to Life Hacker.

So, the limitation still exists.... unless I missed something. Basically, if you install Windows on your Mac, you can run Mac OS X as a guest OS with a virtual machine. I hope I just read that wrong. This would be really great for people who are on Windows and develop Web Sites that they need to test on Mac or are interested in developing for iPhone/iPad but don't want to buy a Mac.

Shadrack said,

So, the limitation still exists.... unless I missed something. Basically, if you install Windows on your Mac, you can run Mac OS X as a guest OS with a virtual machine. I hope I just read that wrong. This would be really great for people who are on Windows and develop Web Sites that they need to test on Mac or are interested in developing for iPhone/iPad but don't want to buy a Mac.

I think the stated thing is that if the VM runs on a windows running on a MAC, it can be made to run on a Windows machine itself

maash said,

I think the stated thing is that if the VM runs on a windows running on a MAC, it can be made to run on a Windows machine itself

Which would be completely pointless.

Nothing new, VMware and Parallels can do it...but they limit it to Apple hardware (so they don't get in trouble...but that's stupid)

Rudy said,
Nothing new, VMware and Parallels can do it...but they limit it to Apple hardware (so they don't get in trouble...but that's stupid)

MacOS X works with AMD and Intel CPUs in VMware. Not really good with AMD CPU, but works. There are a lot of third-party drivers for MacOS X.