I have a strange idea when came to me when I was exploring my Mac os X in pearpc. What acctualy is Mac os X? It is a UNIX whith some kind of Xserver on it. It is Darwin. Darwin is based on BSD.
Let's do like this:
-take a minimal freeBSD unix version (This unix runs on x86).
-Set X server:
-A Mac os like background
-Let's use a minimal KDE (K Desktop Environment) as a start
-Create dock (something like objectdock but for unix/linux)Easy!
-Create or take from web mac os x theme
-Make something like objectbar to function as the the bar with apple (We may use pear for example), File edit help, etc... (I saw the similar option with one of KDE styles) It would be easy to make it function as close to macs one.
-Set icons/cursors/maybe sounds like in mac os x (easy)
-Modify kde aplications to look like Mac os x ones or create new ones. (I saw avefontbook and other mac os utilities written by fans
for windows that do a REAL job - No problem creating similar ones for unix).
-Create a few scrips maybe
-Create a folder "Applications"
Put in it our "mac os" utilities there (some kde - mac os skined apps also.) Like for example: Text editor, music player, help manager, etc...
-Macs can read text aloud - Unix also can (there are a lots of those apps for unix - for example festival. We just need to configure it to read text from our Text Editor)
-Add some simple dialogs/warnings/notifications in style of mac os x
After that, add a nice setup and a few graphical utilities (Make our os simple to use) - maybe someone from freeBSD team would help and voila - we have a mac os x like operating system on our x86 computer.
-almost the same as in mac os x look&feel
-Can read text aloud like mac
-The project can evolwe into a great free system that will be a reflection of mac os x on milions of PC's at home and offices.
Unfortunately, this would certainly incur the instantaneous wrath of apple, since it is their patented software we would be "imitating". To give you an example, ever heard of yzdock? No? Search google for why. When it became good, too good in apple's eyes, they sent a cease and desist.