Leopard on a PC?
Can I purchase any Intel box and install Apple's Mac OS X Leopard operating system on it?
Yes you can, but
Yes you can.
No it's not simple at all (you need tiger installed on that pc and there are two pages of instructions to follow).
No it doesn't work on any pc (sse3 required, rest of hardware limited to available drivers).
No I don't think Steve lets you do it.
OK, as we know Apple makes it's money from hardware. So charge the same as Vista Ultimate for OS X for PC, may not totally offset the hardware profit, but with the number of copies they sell it'd hit the high volume low cost strategy, and their profits would still increase. Hell they could even leave it the same price and just provide no support whatsoever; you run it on a pc, you get it as is.
RE: Why would you?
To quote George Mallory "Because it's there!" :o)
Some people see a challenge and just have to do it. Obviously I'm not comparing a Leopard installation to climbing Everest, but techie aficionados like to rise to these sorts of challenges.
I put 10.4.8 on for a bit of a play - it worked perfectly. Granted, all it did was make me want to buy a Mac... If I could get it to work on a Windows version of VMWare or similar I'd be as happy as a pig in the proverbial
Kenny, not everybody wants top of the line HW. Putting OSX on a PC would allow people to put it on a *cheap* PC. If they decide later that they want a faster CPU, better graphics, whatever, then they can go buy a Mac... or a fancier PC. Whatever. It's their choice, which seems to be the point of the exercise.
Any Rock you are wrong
Take a look at the spec of the hardware and compare it to, say a DELL with the SAME SPEC (including graphics card don't forget!)
I think you'll find that Apple hardware is competitively priced, if not cheaper.