Boot Camp

6 Apr, '06

Thanks to the heads up by my friends Sofyan a couple of days ago, and now Doug, there is no longer a reason to buy crappy PCs when you can buy Macs, as now, thanks to Apple’s soon to be released operating system version 10.5 (leopard) Apple Mac users can simply install both Windows XP and Mac OS X as you can see from the picture, this is the best of both worlds. From a business perspective I can retain my investment in programs I bought for my Windows machine and don’t have to deal with difficult conversion processes and take my time in the migration should I wish to do so.

This move must also gladden the hearts and minds of Microsoft, now their domination of the market should be completely unchallenged, or is it the other way ’round where we soon will see Mac OS X operating on run-of-the-mill PCs?

Either way, I’m pretty happy at this development and the wait for a decision to get a MacBook has just got shorter!

Apple Boot Camp software

More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.
As elegant as it gets

Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.(1) Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don’t have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.

update: read ALT-CTRL-DEL‘s take on this which is quite interesting.

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  1. I have the OS X the initial version on my pwerbook but I added virtual PC and used windows XP. It is functional but slower in the windows. I hope with this develpment it would function well and will be stable for both operating systems. I can’t till you how many times I formated my PC’s but I never formated my power book. Mac is way more stable and certainly more elegant.

  2. Madsen says:

    This is great news…also…one of the most important and ground breaking Apple events in the last 30 years.
    There’s absolutely no reason now for not buying a mac. I’ve owned macs for the last 9 years and love the superior Mac OS X platform…still I welcome this move. Being a biology student I occationally come across win-only programs that I need,- I can now run these programs. Architects and students in design have not been able no run Autocad on their mac…they can now. Statistics programs…not a problem anymore….The list is endless.
    I also work as a teacher…I can now go to the school board and tell to buy mac the next time…They come with an incredible sw bundle and…the kids can still boot into XP if needed.
    In short…this means a tremendous boost for mac hardware sales.
    If you do not want to run Win on your mac…well then don’t. OS X will still be my main OS, but it’s absolutely fantastic that I’m now able to run those few Win-only programs I need.

    Also…Check out this link:

    http://www.parallels.com/en/products/workstation/mac/

    Quote:

    “Parallels is proud to launch the Beta program the first virtualization solution specifically designed to work with Intel-powered Apple computers! Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta for Mac OS X is NOT simply a “dual-boot” solution; rather, it empowers users the ability to use Windows, Linux and any other operating system at the same time as Mac OS X, enabling users to enjoy the comfort of their Mac OS X desktop while still being able to use critical applications from other OSes.”

  3. Sameer says:

    hi

    it was gr8 experiences to installed Windows XP on mac, its run more faster than normal pc’s.

    sameer
    http://www.1pakistan.blogspot.com

  4. Anonymous says:

    It was bound to happen.. the moment u saw the Intel inside thing on Macs, that was it! Anyway I’m going online right now and buying a customized fully souped-up iMac Intel Duo machine for like BD760 (way cheaper than BD990 or worse in the 1000’s range u find here in Bahrain), thanks to apple.com and Aramex! Who needs local support when these beasts dont even crash!! I’ve had 4 of these machines (2 ordered online, 1 connected to my plasma TV through DVI watching the latest John Stewart Daily Show and Lost season 2 which I gladly bought from iTunes Music Store, not the crap Showtime gives u) and none of them had problems at all. sure is a very small world 🙂

  5. mahmood says:

    anon: man we need to talk!

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