While I wouldn't recommend installing Windows Vista on an Eee PC (because it requires a huge amount of memory and storage space), the Eee PC is a full fledged computer capable of running pretty much any operating system. And while I've primarily spent my time installing and customizing Windows XP and various Linux distributions, you can also get Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard up and running.

TigerOnEeePC is a great resource with information on installing and configuring OS X 10.4 Tiger on the Eee PC. A quick warning before you get started: the instructions ask you to download an illegal disc image with OS X. I would only recommend doing this if you've already paid for a licensed copy of the operating system. And even then, this is technically a violation of Apple's terms of service. So proceed at your own risk.

Running OS X on a PC designed for Windows or Linux used to be a pretty cumbersome process, but now that Macs use Intel processors and are capable of running Windows via Boot Camp, it's a lot easier than it used to be. For the most part, once you have the install disc and a USB DVD-ROM drive, you can probably figure out the rest yourself. But I'd recommend following the TigerOnEeePC instructions to make sure you minimize the read/write cycles on the solid state disk and avoid some possible problems.

In the end, as you can see in the video above, OS X runs reasonably well on the underpowered Eee PC. Animations are a bit slow, and oddly they seem even slower if you customize your Eee PC to run at 900MHz instead of 630MHz. Which is good, because at 630MHz, you'll likely get about 2.5 hours of battery life. I'd hate to see what it would be if you were running at 900MHz.

The other thing to note is that while WiFi works properly, there's no support for Ethernet. So if you need to plug your Eee PC into a wired network, you might want to stick with Linux or Windows for now.

[via Digg]


Anonymous said...

the reason videos play slower when cpu clock speed is set to 900mhz is becuase it doesnt actually change the cpu speed just the rateing, which chews up cpu processes maken the EEE run slower! You need a kernel module or beta (buggy) bios update to get 900mhz.

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