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The contest is now officially over

So it's official. A programmer named Blanka was able to get past all of the EFI issues and has provided a working solution to natively run Windows XP on an a Mac. The programmer can now claim the $13,854 prize thanks to his video of the installation and booting of Microsoft's ubiquitous OS on an Intel-based iMac. posted this on its site:

Contest has been won - updates to follow shortly. All further donations will go into an account to sustain the open source project that will be launched with the initial solution.

You can head on over to Engadget to see a 7.7MB video of Windows XP on a Mac.

For those of you unfamiliar with the contest, here were the rules for $13k prize:
  1. Instructions must boot Windows XP (at least), not Vista or any other version of Windows.
  2. Windows must be able to coexist with Mac OS X and each system may not interfere with the operation of the other (basically a traditional dual boot system where one OS is running at a time)
  3. Your method, upon starting the computer, must offer the user to boot either OS X or Windows XP (hint: GRUB / LILO)
Update 03/16/2006: OnMac has now posted the solution and have included a few mirrors to handle all of the traffic. Included is a bootloader and a "how to" guide in zip format.

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By rqle on 3/16/2006 10:20:40 AM , Rating: 2
I like it the other way around. OSx on PC hardware. Does that exist?

RE: gg
By nordicpc on 3/16/2006 10:25:16 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but there are only 2 motherboards that Intel makes with EFI. So you kind of have to build your own Mac.

RE: gg
By StuckMojo on 3/16/2006 10:26:14 AM , Rating: 2

Yup. Google for it and you'll find some forums and such with patches to make it run on various hardware combinations. There's forums sites dedicated to just that.

RE: gg
By ksherman on 3/16/2006 10:52:16 AM , Rating: 2
Google: "OSx86" and that will get you to the best site around for that kinda stuff... I have it running on my AMD machine... unfortunately, they still dont have any drivers nVidia video Cards... of course, the nForce chipsets are not supported very well... but it does bot and work!

RE: gg
By AnaxagorasZeres on 3/16/2006 11:46:10 AM , Rating: 2
Googling 'maxxuss' would be more useful.

And then you have to either buy a Mac so you can get the Intellized version of Panther, or you need to grab a torrent. I'm assuming most people who're running OSx86 stole it.

RE: gg
By AnaxagorasZeres on 3/16/2006 11:47:05 AM , Rating: 2
Dammit, I meant the x86 version of Tiger . I put Panther because I haven't upgraded yet.

RE: gg
By BladeVenom on 3/16/2006 6:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but Apple has been having their lawyers shutdown websites that show you how to do it.

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