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Someone Installed Mac OS on a Nook Simple Touch eReader

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Technology today is all Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion and Tablets and Retina Displays. So it's always fun to see someone paying tribute to the technology of old, just because. In this case, it's a brave soul who installed a 16-year-old verson of Mac OS 7 on a Nook Simple Touch, answering the question nobody asked: What would Mac OS have been like with a touchscreen?


The eReader is running a version of Mini vMac that had been ported to Android, and was then hacked onto the device by members of the 68k Macintosh Liberation Army forums. According to member FlyingToaster, both System 7 and 7.5 run on the device, though 7 is less crash prone. Also, the eInk screen suffers from a fair amount of ghosting, which should shock nobody. But yes, you can revisit staples such as the Flying Toasters screensavers, games like Super Munchers, and the ability to design your own desktop background in the system settings (the best part!). To top it off, FlyingToster posted a full gallery here.

Illustration for article titled Someone Installed Mac OS on a Nook Simple Touch eReader

The Nook is more than powerful enough to emulate MacOS, but from the sounds of things (and as common sense would dictate), this whole endeavor is more novelty than anything else; the device isn't really designed for a mouse/keyboard (though there is a hack for keyboards) and Mac OS obviously wasn't made with touch functionality in mind. But if you have a Nook Simple Touch, some free time, and a longing for the Apple operating system of old, you can have that software up and running. [68k Macintosh Liberation Army via Mike Cane X via Cult of Mac via The Verge]

Images via FlyingToaster

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MiniVMac can run on pretty much anything. I have it on my Nokia N900 as well, just for fun. It is also available for iOS so it's on my iPod too, because. In this case it is ideal, because it can only emulate a 68040 CPU and an 512x384 b&w screen. It can also easily damage the disk-image it runs if not shut down properly. Basilisk II is better, it can emulate better hardware, has better resource management and can run MacOS up to 8.1.