CherryOS, the controversial Macintosh emulator for Windows that some commentators have accused of being a reworked version of open-source project PearPC, has finally been released, five months after its initial announcement. Created by developer Arben Kryeziu at Hawaiian company Maui X-Stream Inc., CherryOS allows users of Intel-standard PCs to run Mac OS X by emulating a G4 processor and accompanying hardware. According to Maui X-Stream, the product supports emulation of AltiVec, sound, networking and CD/DVD drive access, and is available for download priced at $49.95.

Want to try out the Mac on an old PC? This may do just the trick. I’d wait for some reviews to come out before spending money on this though.