PC users long for a Mac OS X-like user interface in Windows, and PearPC 0.1 is a new project that matches their need.

Currently at version 0.1, PearPC is generating lots of interest in the open-source community.

The software is described on SourceForge as: "An architecture-independent PowerPC platform emulator capable of running most PowerPC operating systems." Translation: Windows users can emulate Mac OS X on their beige boxes.

The developers warn: "This is the first official release of PearPC. Please note that this is an experimental program not meant for productive use. There are still unimplemented instructions, mysterious bugs and missing features. Don't use it on important data, it will destroy them sooner or later!"

PearPC remains slow: "the client runs about 500 times slower than the host," developers warn.

The current implementation of the development project also requires a "little endian" architecture. Mac watchers may remember that the absence of little endian support on Power Mac G5s is the reason behind PC emulator Virtual PC being currently unable to function on that platform.