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2006\04\06@031816 by Russell McMahon

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I'm a little underwhelmed by the idea of any Intel based PC needing
extra software to allow it to run XP :-) - but if you're an Apple
aficionado it may be just the thing. And it's free.


       http://www.technologynewsdaily.com/node/2402


April 5th 2006

Apple® today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables
Intel-based Macs to run XP. Available as a download beginning today,
Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc
to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac®, and once installation is
complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS® X or
Windows XP. Boot Camp will be a feature in “Leopard,” Apple’s next
major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple’s Worldwide
Developer Conference in August.

Boot Camp simplifies XP installation on an Intel-based Mac by
providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to
dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows,
to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install
Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After installation is
complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they
restart their computer.

The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as a download at
http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp , and is preview software licensed for
use on a trial basis for a limited time. The final version of Boot
Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version
10.5 “Leopard.” Apple does not provide support for installing or
running Boot Camp

2006\04\06@034728 by William Chops Westfield

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On Apr 6, 2006, at 12:18 AM, Russell McMahon wrote:

> I'm a little underwhelmed by the idea of any Intel based PC needing
> extra software to allow it to run XP :-) - but if you're an Apple
> aficionado it may be just the thing.

Presumably some sort of BIOS patch to provide a service or
initialization that MacOS doesn't need.

And if you're a mac aficionado, it's a silly idea; the worst of
all possible ways to run Windows applications.  "Just the thing"
is per-process OS environment.  Next best is virtual PC type things.
Having to turn off your lovely Mac to run icky windows is just ... not.

Ought to be nice for all the people currently hunting down nano-itx
systems and such, though.  That Mac-mini is ... cute.  And the iMacs
have some advantages too.
Presumably apple makes attractive profits  on HW, and doesn't mind
too much selling people high-margin platforms and and OS that they'll
throw away, if they really want to run windows.

BillW

2006\04\06@074352 by Xiaofan Chen

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On 4/6/06, Russell McMahon <spam_OUTapptechTakeThisOuTspamparadise.net.nz> wrote:
> I'm a little underwhelmed by the idea of any Intel based PC needing
> extra software to allow it to run XP :-) - but if you're an Apple
> aficionado it may be just the thing. And it's free.
>
>         http://www.technologynewsdaily.com/node/2402
>

This could boost a bit of for Microsoft and Apple but I think nothing
much. The other end (to run Mac OS on normal Intel PC) will significantly
boost the sales of Mac OS but Apple does not want this and does
not allow this now.

Still this is good news for the poor Mac owners who is stuggling to get
MPLAB and ICD2 and other programs to work to have a real and better
solution than Virtual PC.

Regards,
Xiaofan

2006\04\06@232232 by Robert Ammerman

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How many people will now buy Macs with the idea:

"Well I've often wanted to try MacOS, but if it doesn't work out at least I
can drop back to Windows"

Bob Ammerman
RAm Systems

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2006\04\06@233546 by Danny Sauer

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Robert wrote regarding 'Re: [OT] Boot Camp softwrae allows Intel based Macs to boot Windows XP' on Thu, Apr 06 at 22:24:
> How many people will now buy Macs with the idea:
>
> "Well I've often wanted to try MacOS, but if it doesn't work out at least I
> can drop back to Windows"

Seven.  Eight if you count that one guy.

--Danny

2006\04\07@065640 by olin piclist

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Danny Sauer wrote:
>> How many people will now buy Macs with the idea:
>>
>> "Well I've often wanted to try MacOS, but if it doesn't work out at
>> least I can drop back to Windows"
>
> Seven.  Eight if you count that one guy.

I think you're overestimating by 7 or 8.

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