Apple Computer Inc., the maker of the Macintosh computer and iPod music devices, on Wednesday rolled out a software patch under its plan to move its computers over to Intel Corp. microprocessors.
Apple said that the new software, called "Boot Camp", enables Intel-based Macs to install and run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system software. Boot Camp is available as a download beginning today.
Not trolling ... well, maybe a little ... it's just become really irritating to see all of the spin being put on this "Boot Camp" thing. C'mon! I use Macs, too, in addition to the M$ products and the excellent (free) 'Nix products. I actually just read a ZDNet review that claimed no other OS can do this. Well ... up until now, Mac was the only one that couldn't, because of the clever way MacOS checks to see if it's on "lamer" hardware before installing. Steve Jobs is an exceptional marketer, but he's playing catch-up with this one.
How long must you wait before there is a decent "virtualization" program that runs on a Mac ... not counting the fine 'Nix variants out there like Xen? Now THAT's an approach to multi-OS operation that seems to have been missed by Apple's thinkers.
All that's left is the benchmarks comparing identical Intel processors (one in an Apple box, one in a non-Apple box) showing that Mac OS X runs faster on the non-Apple hardware and I'll have all sorts of egg on my face.
I dug through OSx86 forums and everything, but all i could find was super beefed up AMD systems and heavily upgraded and obviously home-built Intel systems. I don't think that's a reasonable comparison of consumer machines. (Anyone can make a PC to beat the pants off an off-the-shelf PC.)