6 April 2006 in Apple | Comments enabled

This is just fantastic news – Apple has released a beta version of Boot Camp – their tool for dual booting with Windows XP.

The install is around 87MB and includes all the drivers needed for the Apple hardware on Windows. This is great because up until now you couldn’t get graphics acceleration on Windows due to the lack of drivers.

All around great news – they’re really pushing hard to get people to switch. Now it makes business sense to buy a Mac as I can still do my development on Windows AND get the best laptop on the market.

Click here for more information about Boot Camp

- JD

P.S. Rumors are already flying that the next version of OS X will include hypervisor technology to run Windows apps from within OS X. Still wild speculation but fingers crossed it’s true.

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5 comments. Add your own comment.

Allan says 6 April 2006 @ 14:01

I think it would be more useful to have it the other way around, OS X running on the by and large faster and cheaper PC’s ;)

Geek says 7 April 2006 @ 11:19

Yeah true, that would be better. Mind you I can’t see the point in running two different OS’s. What is there in OSX that I can’t do in Windows?

traskjd says 7 April 2006 @ 11:24

I guess there is just a lot to Mac OS X that isn’t really available in Windows. Tools like Automator look like they could be useful for geeks and while similar tools are available on Windows they aren’t part of the OS.

I also like that you get a new version every year or so – no waiting >5 years for an update. Small incremental changes have been the best way to develop anything for a very long time, yet Microsoft still seems to be developing Vista as a “big bang” development effort. That’s not a beat up on Microsoft – some of what they’re doing is amazing, but I want cool stuff today :) [The betas and ctps address this somewhat though].

Interestingly Apple’s share price has increased by 10% on the news of Boot Camp.

– JD

Geek says 7 April 2006 @ 12:57

I guess I’d say you’re if this was MS 2-3 years ago, with their old model. From what I can tell a lot is changing and has already changed at MS, Vista will most likely be the last “big bang? OS they make.

Besides software and services on the web is where it’s at. What’s Apple hoping to gain from this? Increase sales of Windows? Make a fortune in a low margin hardware market? All I can think of is running windows apps. But doesn’t that just point out OSX has limited use? I quite like playing around with OSX too (and I’m an iPod owner/user), I’m a geek and I find it fun, but that’s about where my interest ends.

Unless OSX comes to work on all Intel PCs I can’t see there being much point, and even then the average user doesn’t need two OSs, it would just confuse them. This just makes Apple look 5 years behind the 8 ball to me. It’s not really even about their software and hardware, but more their business strategy.

To be honest I’m surprised that Google and Apple don’t play nice. If those two put their heads together (with maybe Sun Microsystems for good measure), then Microsoft would have something to worry about. Web services, an office software package, and a good desktop platform. They really do need to work together if they want to be competitive; it’s the only way they’ll really stand a chance IMHO.

Anyway the battle for Desktop PCs is so 1999 ;) before you know it they’ll (desktops) be dead and our kids will think its crazy we used to use them as we do now.

This concludes the longest comment (or is it a rant?) I have ever left on a blog.

Johnny-johnny says 9 April 2006 @ 17:39

“I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! Who cares about an MP3 player? I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why oh why would they do this?! It’s so wrong! It’s so stupid!”

“gee! an mp3 player with a HD! how original! kinda reminds me of a JUKEBOX i once knew.”

“I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time…and it’s not really functional.”

“All that hype for an MP3 player? Break-thru digital device? The Reality Distiortion Field is starting to warp Steve’s mind if he thinks for one second that this thing is gonna take off.”

“There are already two products similar to this on the market. The Nomad Jukebox and the Archos Jukebox which can come with a 20 gig HD. The iPod is obviously alot cooler and has firewire, but it is far from revolutionary. I for one am disappointed and think that apple is making a mistake by trying to get into this market.”

Apple should have just listened to their customers and never released the iPod.

Stolen from: http://37signals.com/svn/archives2/original_ipod_announcement_thread_at_macrumors.php

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