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Wednesday April 5, 2006 3:01 pm

Apple Releases Boot Camp: Software To Run Windows XP On Mac

Apple and MicrosoftApple has quietly released the beta version of Boot Camp, a software package that allows its new Intel-based systems to run Windows XP.  The next major revision of Mac OS X, v10.5, will have the software incorporated into it, and therefore the beta software will only work for a limited time.

The software doesn’t act as an emulator but allows Windows XP to run natively, thereby reducing any bottlenecks and performance issues.  It works by creating a partition on the hard drive just for Windows XP, and includes all of the required drivers thereby making the install much easier than the unofficial methods that are currently floating around.  A graphical interface walks the user through the process of creating the partition and burns the drivers to a CD/DVD.  Upon completing the install, users will have the option of dual-booting into either Windows XP or OS X.

Requirements for Boot Camp include the obvious Intel-based Mac, plus a USB keyboard and mouse (or integrated keyboard/trackpoint for laptop users), Mac OS X v10.4.6, the latest firmwares, 10GB of free space, one blank CD/DVD, and Windows XP Home or Professional with SP2 or later.

“We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.  Indeed, this may be just the impetus that some Windows users were waiting for.

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i wonder if it’ll do linux, too

As a matter of fact, it will.  smile

Interesting.  Does this mean that Apple’s finally admitting that it’s just a PC?

And is it admitting that it has a tiny fraction of the software available to PC users?

Furtermore, how far away can it be that people get Mac OSX running on standard PCs in a way that’s easy to set up? - Once this is possible, a lot of people will just buy the cheaper, more powerful PC hardware from generic PC makers and run them as Macs - kind of like the “Mac clone” days.

Of course, those who like the appearance of a Mac would still pay the premium to have the real McCoy - I think this could actually boost Apple’s share of the market - having a group of dedicated users who are less wealthy (i.e., can’t afford Apple’s computers) would bolster their share of the OS market (currently just above 4% - a bit below Windows 95’s current share), which would, in the end, bring up their name to the point that more people would buy Macs.

It’s the same sort of spill-over effect they had in the early days of the Ipod when people thought they worked better with Macs, so some people bought Macs to go with their Ipods.

Good luck to them, I say.  It’s interesting to see Apple doing something that could have a majority of Mac users buying a Microsoft OS to run on their systems.  I just wonder if this is in some way and admission of their inferiority in the software market.

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