The Macintel Report

Boot Camp Works Well, Virtualization Is Better, Apple 'the Next Dell'?, and More

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2006.04.12

This Week's Macintel News

Boot Camp, Apple's program that allows those with Intel-based Macs to install Windows XP SP2, may be getting most of the press over the past week, but the real news is virtualization. Virtualization allows a computer to run two different operating systems concurrently, and Parallels Workstation for OS X does that, avoiding the need to restart the computer to switch between OS X and Windows.

We also have plenty of commentary and hands-on reporting about Boot Camp. And, of course, the whole "why" question. Why would a Mac user want to mess with Windows? Will the ability to run OS X and Windows really attract Windows users?

PowerBook, iBook, and other portable computing news is covered in The 'Book Review. General Apple and Mac desktop news is covered in The Mac News Review. iPod news is covered in The iNews Review.

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Virtualization News

Virtualize, Don't Dual Boot

The Apple Core's Jason D. O'Grady says:

"There's been plenty of hype about Apple's dual boot option for Windows Macs, Boot Camp but there's another option that is worthy of consideration....

"Parallels Workstation 2.1 is the first desktop virtualization solution for Intel-based Macs that enables you to run Windows, Linux and other operating systems in parallel inside Mac OS X.

"It's important to note that this is not a 'dual-boot' environment like Boot Camp. Parallels allows you to use Windows or any other operating system at the same time as Mac OS X, so that you can stay in your Mac OS X desktop while still being able to use applications from other OSes...."

Virtualization: Two Operating Systems at Once, No Restarting to Switch

PR: 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.

It's here! 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 noy 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.

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Parallels Trumps Boot Camp, Beats Virtual PC to Intel reports:

"The day after Apple announced Boot Camp, Parallels, a builder of virtualization software for Linux, surprised Apple-watchers by providing another way to run Windows on Intel-powered Macs. The company released a beta of Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta2 for Mac OS X on Intel, which runs Windows in Mac OS X at near-native-PC speeds. Like Virtual PC, Parallels Workstation can run multiple instances of Windows and Linux in separate virtual machines.

"Unlike Apple's Boot Camp, Parallels Workstation gives users access to both Windows and Mac OS X environments without having to reboot the Mac. Parallels also beat Microsoft to market with Windows virtualization for Intel Duo Core Macs. Microsoft has not announced a ship date for an Intel-Mac version of Virtual PC."

Parallels Runs Fast, Switches to Windows 'in a Flash'

"Joshua Byers, a PC technician, likes the Intel-powered Mac as a Windows platform, using either Boot Camp or Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta2 for Mac OS X on Intel. In fact, he installed both beta versions on his machine. Here is his review of both. Joshua identifies the existing issues and some ways to work around some of them.

"I have Win XP SP2 Pro retail running on a dual-core 2.0 GHz, MacBook Pro (2 GB of RAM, 100 GB 7200 RPM) using both Boot Camp and Parallels Workstation 2.1 b2.

"I'm thrilled with the performance with each....

"The ease of installation is incredible for Boot Camp and for Parallels."

"The ability to run the two operating systems simultaneously puts Parallels out ahead of Boot Camp in my opinion for most common usages."

Parallels Highly Recommended

MacMegasite's Mike reports:

"With today's introduction of Parallels Workstation beta following yesterday's introduction of Apple's Boot Camp, there are now two supported methods of running Windows and other operating systems on Intel Macs. I've tried both and found one to be much more flexible.

"Apple's Boot Camp will partition your hard drive for Windows (without requiring reformatting or losing data) and allow dual booting of both operating systems. However, you must reboot to switch between systems.

"Parallels Workstation, on the other hand, brings true virtualization to the Mac. Another operating system such as Windows, OS/2, or Linux runs in its own virtual machine either in a separate window or taking over the full screen. Unlike Virtual PC, nothing is being emulated: it adds a virtualization layer between the hardware and the operating system which gives it the illusion of running on its own machine. As a result, Windows runs at almost full speed. You don't have to reformat your hard drive or create a partition, since it uses 'virtual drives' similar to Virtual PC."

Boot Camp News

Windows on Macs: The Real Reason for the Intel Switch

In this week's Less Tangible on MacOpinion, Marc Zeedar says:

"...last week Apple released a beta of Boot Camp, software that lets you set up your MacTel machine to boot Windows if you want. (You have to have your own copy of Windows XP, of course. Apple does not provide that.) Most significantly, Boot Camp will be part of the next release of Mac OS X!...

"This is a huge event. I doubt most people realize the significance of this move. It's genius. This is the dawn of a new era. That is not overemphasizing the situation in the least.

"It is my belief that the whole Apple-IBM/Motorola fallout was a smokescreen. This - being able to run Windows natively on Apple hardware - is what Steve Jobs really wanted."

'Boot Camp, Itself, Is Unexciting'

Robert X. Cringely in the New York Times says:

"Hell froze over this week as Apple Computer unveiled Boot Camp, a free program that will allow its new Macintosh computers with Intel microprocessors to run Microsoft's Windows XP operating system as an alternative to Apple's OS X. The news media were agog and Apple's stock price zoomed at the announcement. In my view, it was mildly interesting, but hardly the revolution Apple users want to see.

"Many Mac enthusiasts view Boot Camp as a huge coup for Apple that will eventually take the computer hardware leadership away from Dell and the software leadership away from Microsoft. The more skeptical warn that Boot Camp shows the final mastery of the Apple platform by Microsoft. Both positions are absurd.

"Boot Camp, itself, is unexciting. So now you can start your computer running Windows or OS X - big deal. You can't run Windows and OS X simultaneously, so you can't cut and paste data between the two operating systems or even get access to the same data. For that you'd need a version of the program Virtual PC - a Microsoft product - redesigned to run on the Intel Mac platform. (Or, I guess, you could use a program called Parallel Workstation that allows users to run OS X, Windows the Linux operating system on the same Intel Mac at the same time, madly cutting and pasting between all three. Now that's exciting.)

"The real reason people are in a tizzy about this news is that Mac users love their computers and Windows users, for the most part, tolerate theirs. So the Mac people think that this Apple software will demonstrate the inherent superiority of the product they love and will result in lots of Mac hardware sales to people who want to continue to use Windows. I don't think so."

The Great Windows Rip-off

Gene Steinberg, the Mac Night Owl, writes:

"When a friend asked me to help him install Boot Camp and Windows XP on his MacBook Pro, I wanted to make sure he understood that it wasn't going to be cheap. I explained that, unless I spent a little time shopping around for him, he'd be spending around $200 for the Home edition and another $300 for the Professional edition. He had to add to that the cost of software to product his computer from malware, such as viruses and spyware."

Windows Ups Mac Appeal for PC Buyers

PCAdvisor's Ken Mingis and Linda Rosencrance report:

"Apple's development of software that lets Intel-based Macintosh systems run Windows XP natively has met with the approval of several Mac-friendly IT managers. They said last week that Apple's embrace of Microsoft's operating system should make it easier to deploy the company's hardware.

"Until now, Mac users who needed to run some Windows applications had to do so in emulation mode using tools such as Microsoft's Virtual PC, which exacts a serious performance toll. But Apple's Boot Camp software, which was released for public beta testing with little fanfare, enables Windows XP to run on the new Macs just as it does on desktop and laptop PCs."

Windows on Macs May Be Boon for OS X

The New York Times says:

"The prospect of Boot Camp raises two very different scenarios. Windows users will buy Apple machines to run Windows. Or they may try out Apple's operating system just for the fun of it and get hooked.

"Everyone saw it coming. First, Apple chose Intel, synonymous with Microsoft, to make chips for a new line of personal computers. Now Apple has announced Boot Camp, a piece of software that will allow some versions of Windows to run more or less natively on an Apple machine.

"How you feel about this depends very much on whether you're a Windows or an Apple person."

A Corporate View of the Boot Camp Announcement

The Register's Cormac O'Reilly says:

"As everyone knows, I'm a great fan of Apple Computer.

"In fact, while running the Texas internal consulting office at Schlumberger in 1984, I bought and evaluated one of the first Apple Macs and was blown away by its power and simplicity. Instead of buying my own Mac at that time, I bought Apple stock, the value of which quickly rose to pay for my own Mac. So armed, and with the passion of a zealot, I preached the Mac's advantage, spurring their adoption in Schlumberger and later Shell. ..

"Then I moved to Costain as chief technology officer, which had fully adopted Windows. Poacher turned gamekeeper! My preaching gave way to economic and practical necessity - there was just no compelling (economic or otherwise) reason to disrupt Windows as the corporate standard - essentially a sensible decision and sound investment policy. This was especially the case as Apple had become marginalised....

"By 1995, Windows had matched the original Mac OS features, and Windows PC prices were markedly lower than those of Apple's. When I joined Digital Equipment as the Services business CIO, I pushed the Microsoft message with almost the same passion as I did Apple's 1984 Mac....

"Fast forward to Wang where, as CIO and CTO, and still in the role of Defender of the Microsoft Faith, I noticed the emerging new Apple operating system - OS X. Sitting in a local computer shop, I had a repeat of my 1984 Apple Damascus moment. The elegance and simplicity of what OS X did was mindblowing....

"Now, I advise companies on technology, and yesterday Apple just announced a capability to run Windows on its Intel based new computer models - one of which, being technology self indulgent, I have. So will I add this free Windows capability to my Mac Book Pro? No, because I no longer use anything that needs Windows as, over the years, Apple has done such a great job convincing most main software companies to successfully write their products for the OS X to take advantage of its cool features. Would I advise a wholesale corporate move to Apple - No again."

Switching to Windows (on a Mac)

BusinessWeek's Arik Hesseldahl says:

"Apr. 5 was one of those days after which nothing will ever be the same. That's when Apple Computer released Boot Camp, an application that lets owners of Intel-based Macs install and boot their computers to Microsoft's Windows XP. I consider it a watershed in the history of personal computing....

"I have yet to spend much time interacting with Windows on a Mac, but I have had a quick look, and the results of this Beta release are encouraging - if you find using Windows encouraging. A colleague loaded Boot Camp onto a MacBook Pro. I went over, and there it was, the familiar green-pasture desktop of Windows XP. On the system tray, there were all the little advisories emanating in those irritating yellowish balloons.

"This was Windows all right, with all the annoyances it brings. As useful as Boot Camp will be - and I do expect to be using it - running Windows carries inherent weaknesses. I can see it now: installing all the anti-virus and anti-spyware, and taking all the other steps associated with preparing a Windows machine for today's risk-heavy computing world. Make no mistake, Windows on a Mac will bring a measure of unpleasant baggage."

Who Will Support Your Graphics Software Running on Boot Camp?'s Stephen Bryant says:

"At first glance, Apple's Boot Camp software seems like a boon to creative professionals who split their time between PCs and Macintoshes. Mac users have long waited for the day when Windows-only applications such as AutoCAD, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio would run on an Apple machine.

"'Those are really the three big applications - well, along with games - that are missing on the Mac,' said Scott Michaels, director of professional services for Atimi Software, a cross-platform development company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"But while Apple is explicitly endorsing the use of Windows on its hardware, the company won't be supporting the software. And it looks like major creative software vendors, such as Microsoft, Autodesk and Adobe, don't yet have plans to test their software on Intel-based Macs running Boot Camp."

After Boot Camp, Apple Ready to Fight

Forbes' Mary Crane reports:

"Apple's move to allow Windows XP to run on Intel-based Mac computers will expand Mac's market share, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

"Boot Camp, unveiled by Apple last Wednesday, 'removes a significant hurdle that kept many first-time Mac buyers from switching,' says Munster. The Boot Camp software provides potential new Mac buyers the safety net they need to make the switch from PCs."

Apple to Ship 'a Windows Mac'

MacFriends' Ben Hampton writes

"Do you ever get the feeling that you've been talking, and talking, and talking and nobody is really listening. Apple announced today that the next version of its operating system, Mac OS X, Leopard, would run Windows natively. This is great news for those of us who believe the sun rises and sets on Microsoft Windows."

Boot Camp to Make Selling Macs Easier

eWeek' David Morgenstern says:

"With Apple making it possible to boot Windows XP on its new Intel-based computers, many are talking about running Windows programs, sharing data between Macs and Windows and better enterprise acceptance of the Macintosh. Forget about it.

"The release on April 5 of Apple's Boot Camp Assistant isn't about doing anything useful. Instead, it's all about making Macs easier to buy (and sell)."

The Real Boot Camp Lesson: Moving Beyond the OS

eWeek' Eric Lundquist says:

"Now that Apple has rescinded its past distaste of all things Windows and is allowing the Macintosh to share space (albeit a walled-off one) with Windows, shouldn't the company just go all the way?

"All the way would be licensing Dell, HP and Lenovo to run OS X on the Windows systems leaving their factories.

"Not in a million years, you say? Before I remind you that Chairman Jobs dismissed the idea of running Windows on his Apple boxes, I'll say maybe I agree with you, but not for the reasons you might have thought."

The Second Mac Revolution: Multiple Operating Systems

Gene Steinberg, the Mac Night Owl, writes:

"The front page of a daily newspaper is supposed to contain the most important events of the day. What's more, when a story is given that kind of play in the famous newspaper of record, The New York Times, its importance receives even greater emphasis."

Windows on Mac: Who Wants It and Why?

Microsoft Watch's Mary Jo Foley says:

"It wasn't a rhetorical question we posed on April 5, the day Apple Computer announced it was fielding a first beta of 'Boot Camp,' software that would allow Intel-based Mac users to dual-boot Windows XP and Mac OS X. We really wanted to know who out there in Windows land was interested in Boot Camp and why.

"The idea of dual-booting Windows and the Mac OS sounded rather kludgey, to this user. As Microsoft Watch readers know, I admire the Mac OS look and feel. I think Apple hardware is stunning, compared to my dowdy old ThinkPad. But I am a Windows user, through and through. I cannot get used to the Mac. I don't need any apps that run on the Mac only. So I was curious who out there was willing to put up with the pain of switching between operating systems in order to run on a spiffier machine."

Who Wants Windows XP on a Mac?

Microsoft Watch's Mary Jo Foley says:

"Apple says, due to overwhelming user demand, it is developing software that will allow customers to dual boot Windows XP and Mac OS X on Intel-based Macs. Apple rolled out on Wednesday a public beta version of 'Boot Camp,' which it plans to make a feature of 'Leopard,' the next version of the Mac OS, which Apple will show off this August. We're curious, though: Who out there really wants to run Windows on a Mac? Mac users are true believers in the Mac OS; Windows users might like the prettier hardware, but would that be enough of a reason to move to a dual boot setup? We want to hear from Windows users who are interested in moving to Mac hardware. Are you out there?"

Boot Camp: Apple's Enterprise Trojan Horse?

eWeek' Larry Dignan says:

"The whole idea of booting Windows XP on a Mac may seem counterintuitive to hardcore Macheads. The reaction goes something like this: 'Why in the world would anyone want Windows XP anyway since OS X is so much better?'

"Windows users - including our own Mary Jo Foley - have no interest in using a Mac. Foley writes on her blog: 'Who out there really wants to run Windows on a Mac? Mac users are true believers in the Mac OS; Windows users might like the prettier hardware, but would that be enough of a reason to move to a dual boot setup?'

"Fair enough on both sides of the Mac-Microsoft aisle, but as usual the majority is in the middle. And the middle happens to be running the technology infrastructure for corporations of all sizes...."

Apple Lets Macs Run Windows XP

The BBC reports:

"The software walks users through the installation process Apple has released software that lets users run Microsoft's operating system on its computers that use Intel chips.

"Called Boot Camp the program lets Mac owners run both Apple's OS X and Microsoft's Windows XP.

"A trial version of the software is now available so users can install it. Future versions of Apple's OS X software will include the program."

Apple Opens the Door to Windows XP says:

"Apple Computer Inc. said Wednesday it has introduced Boot Camp, a program that will allow Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP to run on certain Macintosh computers.

"Customers of Cupertino-based Apple can download the program immediately. Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac. 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 Is Here - Intel Macs Now Do Windows!

Jupiter Research's Michael Gartenberg reports:

"Apple introduced Boot Camp today, a utility that allows for an easy install of Windows XP onto the new Intel baaed Macs. Released in beta today, Boot Camp will be a core part of the next release of OS X, called Leopard.

"What are the implications? Users can now purchse systems capable of running both Mac OS X and Windows natively. That's right, no more virtual anything. This solves a lot of potential holdups to Macintosh adoption. While a group of programmers already has demonstrated that this is entirely possible to do, that method for deployment is more of a clever hack that no sane end user would attempt."

Windows on Mac: What It Means's Walaika K. Haskins says:

"Apple's announcement this week that it has developed software to enable its Intel-based Macintosh computers to run Windows XP has been widely hailed as a bold move. However, now that the initial ballyhoo has passed, the question on many minds is what the long-term implications are.

"The release of the Boot Camp application has raised Apple's 'stock' exponentially, said Mukul Krishna, a Frost & Sullivan analyst. Krishna's remark can be taken both literally and figuratively.

"The Boot Camp news immediately raised Apple's profile Wednesday on the Nasdaq nearly 10 percent, from $61.17 to $67.40. 'Boot Camp increases our confidence in Apple's ability to grow PC shipments 15 percent to 16 percent per year, beyond the Intel transition,' Richard Gardner, a Citigroup analyst who has a 'buy' rating on the stock, wrote in a note to the Associated Press.

"According to industry experts, the increased confidence in Apple exhibited by the denizens of Wall Street is the financial manifestation of how both Mac and Windows users will respond to the news.

"However, said Frost & Sullivan's Krishna, the ability for Intel-based Macs to run both Mac OS X and Windows XP could take years rather than days to have a measurable impact on Apple's hardware sales. But it will happen, he said, and without a backlash from Apple users."

Macintosh Marries Windows

Cyber India Online Ltd's Duncan Martell says:

"Apple Computer Inc., the maker of the Macintosh computer and iPod music player, on Wednesday rolled out a first-ever software patch to run Microsoft's dominant Windows operating system on its PCs, a move that could draw millions of new buyers.

"Apple shares surged 9 percent on Nasdaq, where it was the second most active issue. The move could also effectively bring to a close a decades-long rivalry between Apple and Microsoft over their respective operating systems.

"By allowing Macs to run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, the operating system found on more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers, Apple could woo people who want Macs, which are considered by many as easier to use and more stylish, but prefer the Windows operating system."

Apple Sends Mac to Windows Boot Camp

eWeek' John G. Spooner writes:

"Apple is opening some Windows. The computer maker has begun offering software that will allow its latest Macs to run Microsoft's Windows XP, in addition to the Apple Mac OS X.

"Apple on April 5 began offering a public beta of Boot Camp, software that allows Intel-processor Macs-which now include the iMac and Mac Mini desktops and MacBook Pro notebook-to boot either Mac OS X or Windows XP. After installing Windows XP via Boot Camp, users can select which operating systems they'd like to run at startup."

Apple Offers New Base Camp to Wary Technology Climbers

eWeek' Peter Coffee says:

"If you Google 'Boot Camp' on the Web, you'll get stories about troubled teenagers, and the controversy over programs that try to straighten them out. If you enter that same phrase this morning on Google News, you'll get stories about Apple Computer - which at 30 years old should be well past its adolescent angst, but not yet into its mid-life crisis. Here we are, though, with Apple confused about its destiny in 'wares both hard and soft.

"The surprising thing is that anyone finds it, ummm, surprising for Apple to open the door to running Windows on its machines. Over at Inside Mac Games, they're calling this 'a stunning turn of events.' It's hardly that.

"We've had years to get used to the idea of running Windows on Apple hardware. I don't mean in principle, I mean in practice: I can plug a USB device that only has Windows drivers into my G4 PowerBook, fire up Virtual PC, and let the electrons drill through the Apple's peel to emerge in a Win2k session that uses that device with no problems. Virtual PC even offers me the option of full-session disk-image Undo when I'm done, and wouldn't it be nice if a Plain Old Windows machine could do that?"

Boot Camp Reviews

Boot Camp a Smooth Install

eWeek's Jason Brooks says:

"Apple strengthened the case for Mac Intel users switching from OS X to Windows XP, at least some of the time, with the release of an initial beta of Boot Camp. During eWEEK Labs' tests, the beta software guided us smoothly through the process of turning an Intel-powered Mac mini into a dual-boot Windows XP SP2/ OS X 10.4.6 box.

"We were impressed by how well the process went: In our previous experience with dual-booting systems - such as with Windows and BeOS or Windows and Linux - we've found serious potential for system breakage."

Boot Camp Passes Muster in Speed Tests

CNET's Tom Krazit reports:

"Apple hardware is just as good at running Windows as any other x86 system, tests confirm

"Despite Apple's historic disdain for Microsoft's Windows operating system, Apple's Boot Camp software lets Windows applications run just as well on a Mac as they do on a PC, performance tests confirm.

"According to tests carried out by CNET product reviewers, a MacBook Pro and iMac running Intel's Core Duo processor and Windows XP delivers equal performance to similarly configured PCs designed to run Windows. On Wednesday, Apple released a beta version of Boot Camp, an application that lets Mac users run the Windows XP operating system on their Macs."

Thurrott Reviews Boot Camp's Paul Thurrott reports:

"Apple's decision to move its Macintosh computing platform to Intel processors has opened up a world of possibilities, none more obvious than the release this week of a beta software wizard called Boot Camp. This elegant little application allows Intel-based Mac users to repartition their hard drive, install Windows XP, and dual boot between XP and Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' . A future version of Boot Camp will be included with Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard,' due in late 2007. That version, presumably, will support Windows Vista as well....

"On Wednesday, April 6, 2006, Apple announced Boot Camp. It is their solution for dual booting between Windows and Mac OS X.

"One might wonder why Apple would create such a thing. After all, with barely 2 percent of the market for computer operating systems, should Apple be trying to win market share for Mac OS X and not offer a way for Mac users to run Windows? Not exactly. Unlike Microsoft, Apple doesn't actually make a lot of money directly from sales of its OS. Instead, Apple makes most of its money - even now, in the heady days of iPod supremacy - by selling computer hardware. So one might think of Boot Camp as a win-win. Apple wins because a much wider audience of users can now consider its Mac systems, secure in the knowledge that they can run Windows if they want to. Microsoft wins because these users will still be using - and paying for - Windows. And best of all, we as users win, too, because now we can have the best of both worlds: the elegance of Apple hardware coupled with Windows, the operating system that runs all those applications we want to run...."

While Boot Camp isn't perfect, it's still a semi-miraculous solution that lets you dual boot between Mac OS X and Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac. That, folks, is what's known as the best of both worlds in these parts...."

A MacBook Pro Heads to Boot Camp

Computerworld's Ken Mingis says:

"There's something a bit disconcerting about the idea of a full-blown installation of Windows XP on a Macintosh. Even installing XP by way of Virtual PC for Mac seemed somehow like cheating on Mac OS X, but since it was emulation software and bug-ugly slow, it was more like an operating system dalliance than a real affair.

"And it did nothing for efforts to convince wannabe Mac users who on occasion really need to run a Windows app or two that anything from Apple Computer was a viable alternative to their trusty work-issued Dell or HP laptop.

"Those days are over. Done. Finis....

"Before I get into details about the installation of Boot Camp and XP, I have to say that I don't really know how Apple's decision will shake up the world of computing, both at home and at work. There are Mac fans who'll see this all as some kind of horrible abomination. There are Windows backers who'll never buy what they see as overpriced hardware from Apple that caters to snobs. (Checked out operating system-focused message boards this week? The flames are already under way."

Installing Windows XP on Our Intel iMac

O''s Oliver Breidenbach says:

"As you've probably heard about now, Apple has made a cool piece of software available called 'Boot Camp'. Of course I had to sit down and try it out immediately. This is what I find.

"Here is something that is probably alien to you unless you are a Mac OS X Server administrator: You'll have to read the documentation. Really. Thankfully, Apple managed to compress it to a mere 16 pages of which a couple are the front page, index, and back page. So it is not overly much."

The Macintel Transition

Take the No Windows-Booting Pledge

AppleMatters' Hadley Stern says:

"Mac users have a lot of strange habits. We are known to have rituals when we unpack our latest machines. We will argue passionatelyabout the virtue of one menu bar item (over whether even using menu bar items is mac like) over another for hours on end. And yes, we will even create websites dedicated to discussing the minutia of the Apple experience.

"But perhaps the biggest way that we define ourselves is in what we are not (Beeblebrox, affectionally, is not included in this generalization). We are not Windows users. Adamantly NOT. Everything that Windows represents, bloat-ware, an inconsistent user experience, an unrefined UI is what we Mac users are not.

"Which is why the latest obsession to hit the Mac community is one that I find so odd. That being booting Windows natively....

"If OS X is so darn freakin' good why do people want Windows on their Mac. Buy a Dell, at least its ugliness will match the ugliness of Windows. Virtual PC was already enough of a weird thing, but booting Windows on a Mac? Sacrilege, I say."

Top Reasons to Run Windows on a Mac . . . or Not!

PCWorld's Harry McCracken says:

"Enough with the hoopla about Apple's Boot Camp, and today's news about Parallels' Intel Mac virtualization software. The question remains: Why put Windows on a Mac? Here are five common-sense reasons why a rational person might want to go for it - and five equally sensible reasons not to.

"First, scenarios when it may make sense:

  1. You want to develop a dual-OS personality.
  2. You like cool hardware.
  3. You're a businessperson, a gamer...or both.
  4. You're a Mac fan who can't wait for new Mac apps.
  5. You hate the iPod.

"On the other hand, there are plenty of reasons not to rush out and buy an Intel Mac and a copy of Windows XP to install on it. Such as...

  1. It's not for cheapskates.
  2. It's not the real Mac experience.
  3. The hardware pickings are slim.
  4. It doesn't make Windows any better.
  5. You like to build your own computers."

Boot Camp? Who Cares? The Real News Story Concerns Linux

AppleMatters' James R. Stoup says:

"Maybe you missed it. If so, I understand. This was a tough week to be a Mac user. Due to recent events many of us are alternatively howling in dismay and chortling with joy. As a result we have temporarily lost our minds. Don't worry, we should all be ok by Monday. However, while the world was stunned by this little surprise from Cupertino they managed to miss a much bigger story. Maybe you heard about it?


"Well, truth be told I am not surprised. It is difficult to concentrate on other tech news when Apple unveils some shiny new toy. But for those of you who didn't get the memo let me clue you in to an interesting news piece concerning Linux.

"If you followed that link and perused the story you would now know that the Portland Project is nearing completion. Why is this such an important event? Well, because the Portland Project will finally allow KDE and Gnome to play nice with each other. For those of you who don't use Linux, KDE and Gnome are the two most popular desktop environments in the Linux world, and for years the two have been bitter rivals. Each group has its own die hard fans who, of course, are convinced that "their" system is the best. The main casualty of this stubbornness to work together has been the end users who have fought with interoperability issues for years.

"But now, suddenly thanks to the Portland project, an application built for Gnome will be able to run in KDE as well. No performance lag, no dependency problems and (hopefully) no hassle for the end user. Ladies and gentlemen, you are witnessing the first step towards a unified Linux operating system. This means that in a couple of years Linux could be a much different beast than it is today."

The Motley Fool: Apple 'May Be the Next Dell'

MacDailyNews says:

"'How do we value Apple's stock now [that Boot Camp has been released]? To answer, we'll need to dig into Apple's strategy. I've got my own opinions on that, but I'll first give the floor to an old friend of mine, Rich Levin, a former InformationWeek editor and host of a national radio show covering tech topics. We've debated this and that about the Mac for what seems like just short of forever,' Tim Beyers writes for The Motley Fool. 'This time, however, I think he's spot-on:'

"'It's the first EFFECTIVE strike at Dell. It's also a strike at Microsoft, and uses its own OS against them. And it's a dual-edged 'Win' [sic] for Microsoft . . . Every Windows user will consider a Mac if Apple prices them competitively, and continues to produce computers that have style, superior engineering, and better quality overall in a world of commodity tin-box PCs . . . Flip side: Apple's strike at Dell and Microsoft will not be maximally effective unless users don't encounter limitations. They have to embrace Windows hardware, games, etc.'"

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Boot Camp Requirements, Installation, and Frequently Asked Questions

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says:

"Boot Camp Beta lets you install Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2, or later, on an Intel-based Macintosh computer, in addition to an existing Mac OS X installation. After running Boot Camp Beta and installing Windows XP, you can switch between Windows XP and Mac OS X by holding Option (Alt) key when you start up. You can also use the Startup Disk control panel in Windows or Mac OS X Startup Disk preferences to set the default operating system to use each time the computer starts up.

"The Boot Camp Assistant Beta creates a partition just for Windows XP without erasing your existing Mac OS X information. Boot Camp Assistant Beta also burns a CD with drivers for Windows XP so you can use your Mac's built-in graphics, USB, audio, Bluetooth, Ethernet, AirPort, and more. The drivers are automatically installed when you insert the disc into your Macintosh after you install Windows XP.


"To use Boot Camp Beta, you need:

  • An Intel-based Macintosh computer with a built-in or USB keyboard and a built-in trackpad or USB mouse
  • Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later
  • The latest firmware update available for your Intel-based Mac
  • At least 10 GB of free space on your startup disk (single partition)
  • A full, single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later

"Important: Your Windows XP installation disc must include Service Pack 2 (SP2). You cannot install an earlier version of Windows and upgrade it to Windows XP, nor install an earlier version of Windows XP and update it with SP2 later. See below for more information.

"Note: Boot Camp Beta does not include Windows XP. You must provide your own, properly licensed,Windows XP Service Pack 2 installation disc.

  • Boot Camp Assistant (will be installed in /Applications/Utilities/)
  • A blank, recordable disc (to create the Macintosh Drivers CD)

"Other topics covered:

  • Before installing Boot Camp Beta
  • Installation
  • Frequently asked questions: Installation and partitioning
  • Frequently asked questions: Starting up
  • Frequently asked questions: Drivers, Macintosh features within Windows XP, other
  • Frequently asked questions: MacBook Pro-specific questions
  • Frequently asked questions: Mac mini-specific questions"

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