It’s among the most famous skunkworks projects in personal computer history. Marklar was a secret Apple development program to put Mac OS X on the Intel x86 microprocessor — or in some sense put it back on Intel, as the underlying NeXT OpenStep OS did work on x86 chips. Ten years ago this August, the first whispered rumors of Marklar emerged.
Considered a fallback plan in case the PowerPC architecture couldn’t keep up its performance curve, the Marklar team worked off campus to prevent further leaks while maintaining a feature-identical version of OS X on Intel for four…
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How ‘Marklar’ OS X on Intel owes its start to a one-year-old boy