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April 04, 2006

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razor

My Mac boots Windows fine. Did you miss the announcement - http://onmac.net/

And quite well too: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/03/22/mac_fastest_core_duo_laptop/

Something else you may have missed: http://gearlog.com/blogs/gearlog/archive/2006/03/28/8751.aspx

Open source solutions to running Windows within OS X are coming along too: http://www.beatnikpad.com/archives/2006/03/20/windows-mac-q

(page says "there is already work being done on a kernel extension which will allow Q to run in virtualization mode rather than emulation, which means that Windows could potentially run near the full speed potential of the system’s processors.")

The problem with Apple "officially supporting" Windows on Mac is that developers will no longer find it necessary to write their apps for OS X. Also, supporting the Windows monolith would be a large effort which Apple could spend in more forward-thinking areas.

As for the firmware issue - even Windows PCs will catch up with EFI eventually.

Abiola

"My Mac boots Windows fine. Did you miss the announcement"

Of course not. The point is that Apple left that to a bunch of freelance hackers to do, rather than being proactive on the matter.

"The problem with Apple "officially supporting" Windows on Mac is that developers will no longer find it necessary to write their apps for OS X."

As if there were really all that much incentive for them to do so as it is now. If virtualization were such a threat, why is Microsoft *giving away* Virtual Server 2005?

"Also, supporting the Windows monolith would be a large effort which Apple could spend in more forward-thinking areas."

Nobody's talking about Apple "supporting" anything other than virtualization which could be used for Windows, Linux or anything else which runs on an Intel chip.

"As for the firmware issue - even Windows PCs will catch up with EFI eventually."

Not with Vista it won't, and it isn't Microsoft which needs to be grabbing market share.

Frank McGahon

"My Mac boots Windows fine"

Is it a macbook pro like this one?

http://www.tuaw.com/2006/03/05/win-xp-boots-on-a-macbook-pro/

charlesmayhew

Just in time:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/

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