From the “because we can” files, a Youtube user has uploaded a video showing Mac OS X running on an Asus Eee PC 701. The 701 was the first generation of Eee PC netbooks from Asus. The computers feature 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel displays, 900MHz Intel Celeron processors, as little as 512MB of RAM, and solid state disks ranging from 2GB to 16GB.

In order to get OS X running, this user upgraded the RAM to 2GB, but there’s not much you can do about the screen resolution or processor. And you know what? OS X still seems to run reasonably well. To see for yourself, check out the video after the break.

This makes it clear that Apple will need to walk a fine line if and when the company releases a netbook-sized device. On the one hand, it’s entirely possible to run a full version of OS X on hardware that costs less than $200. On the other hand, Apple isn’t going to want to cannibalize the sales of more expensive Macbook laptops, so I suspect the company will try to bring out a device that offers users some of the functionality you would expect from a laptop or portable internet device, but which doesn’t run a full version of OS X.

via Blogeee


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6 replies on “Asus Eee PC 701 + OS X (Video)”

  1. Any mention how much storage this particular machine had? I can’t imagine OSX running on a standard 4gb model…

  2. Doubtless what Apple will actually do is point out that you get their full multimedia experience better on their box(I’m assuming it’ll have ION inside so that it’s got feature parity with the other macs and will run things that are coming on Snow Leopard like OpenCL.). And that the build quality is just amazing.

    And…I have trouble seeing where that’ll stop geeks from doing what they want to do. Hell, ION will come out for PCs first, this much is certain. So Apple’s main answer to the situation is what, a glowing Apple logo?

    However this isn’t a mainstream thing, I think. I doubt Apple will lose all that much marketshare to people like us. Most people don’t want to hack their systems, I think they’ll be fine.

    It’s fun to see what so many have done, though, isn’t it?

  3. Umm, hasn’t this been happening for the last year or so?

    I mean, i wasnt the first person to put osx on my msi wind!

  4. “The computers feature 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel displays, 900MHz Intel Atom processors….”

    900MHz Celeron

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