Appendix A. Windows on a PowerPC Mac

Even if you have an older Mac with a PowerPC processor, you can still run Windows, albeit slowly. I’m aware of three software packages that support running Windows XP as a virtual machine under Mac OS X 10.4 on a PowerPC Mac. The problem is that the software still has to translate instructions so that they can be understood by a different processor, and that translation takes time. Even with a top-of-the-line PowerPC Mac and the most highly optimized virtualization software, the performance of Windows will be less than stellar. If you happen to have a slower Mac and a less capable software package, performance can be downright abysmal.

That said, if you use Windows only occasionally, and if you don’t plan to ...

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