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Old April 5th, 2006, 08:44 AM   #1
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Apple introduces software to boot XP on Intel Macs

It's not April 1 anymore so I guess this is the real thing:

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2006...5bootcamp.html

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Apple Introduces Boot Camp
Public Beta Software Enables Intel-based Macs to Run Windows XP
CUPERTINO, California—April 5, 2006—Apple® today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac®, and 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.

“Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that we use Intel processors,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.”

Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

Pricing & Availability
The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as a download at www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp, and is preview software licensed for use on a trial basis for a limited time. The final version of Boot Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 “Leopard.” Apple does not provide support for installing or running Boot Camp and does not sell or support Microsoft Windows software. Apple welcomes user feedback on Boot Camp at bootcamp@apple.com.

System Requirements
Boot Camp requires an Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and TrackPad; Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or later; the latest firmware update; at least 10GB of free space on the startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.
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Old April 5th, 2006, 09:12 AM   #2
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So shouldn't we just wait for Leopard?
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Old April 5th, 2006, 09:22 AM   #3
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Well of course that's up to you, but I know some people who want to run Windows on their Intel Macs now.
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Old April 5th, 2006, 09:29 AM   #4
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This changes everything---since it is sanctioned and supported by Apple.

That new intel mini Mac is looking really interesting to me personally, and for people that recommend computer purchases at work. This is really compelling!

I could surreptitiously, recommend to my bosses to buy only Macs from now on here at work!

Sneaky!
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Old April 5th, 2006, 10:47 AM   #5
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My wife has a need to run *ONE* specific Windows app that up until now has worked fine with a Citrix client running on Mac OS X...but the most recent version now repeatedly crashes Citrix, so it's become completely untrustworthy. She's dinking around with the app in VirtualPC now, but it seriously limits her, PLUS it's dog slow on her old Titanium PowerBook. She really needs a new computer *AND* the ability to run Windows, or at least Windows software in emulation (and VPC won't run on Intel Macs yet).

So this is great news! We were planning on buying a PC this coming weekend; now we can buy another Mac instead.

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Old April 5th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #6
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Yeah, the nice thing is that emulation is no longer needed (which is good since Microsoft now owns Virtual PC and isn't in much of a rush to update it). I wonder if retailers like MacMall, MacWarehouse, etc. will start bundling XP as a package with the Intel Macs? This story is all over the business news today:

http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Stor...E09B6DA22A5%7D
http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/060405/apple.html?.v=6
http://www.forbes.com/2006/04/05/app...405video2.html
http://biz.yahoo.com/cnnm/060405/040...dows.html?.v=3
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Old April 5th, 2006, 02:44 PM   #7
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Apple stock is up 10% too!!
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Old April 5th, 2006, 02:53 PM   #8
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Yeah... but it still has a way to go before regaining the 30% fall during the past few months: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=AAPL&t=6m
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Old April 5th, 2006, 03:09 PM   #9
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If Microsoft came out with the equivalent software product for Windows to allow users to run Mac OS X on PC's ----would Apple be as accommodating?
[There are hacks out there already...but "if"]

Just a funny thought.
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Old April 5th, 2006, 03:17 PM   #10
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You can't really compare since Microsoft is in the software business but Apple also has a big interest in hardware sales. So Microsoft has little to gain by letting MacOS run on someone else's hardware. In fact, that's why they've moved Virtual PC to the back burner. Seems as though they could have easily introduced this same product months ago if they'd wanted to. Anyway, I'll bet everybody who can write a line of code is busy working on Vista ;-)

OTOH, Michael Dell is on record as saying that he'd be interested in offering MacOS as an option on his PC's...
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Old April 5th, 2006, 05:00 PM   #11
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From MacWorld: http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/04...camp/index.php

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The partitioning process is done in Mac OS X and features a slider to let users determine the amount of space to give to Windows. Partitioning is dynamic, meaning that users donít need to erase their drives in order to create a new Windows partition. For added safety and flexibility, Boot Camp automatically leaves 5 GB of free space surrounding the Mac and Windows partitions. Changing the size of the partition later, or removing it altogether, is also supported directly within the Boot Camp Assistant.
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Old April 5th, 2006, 05:46 PM   #12
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This little announcement sure didn't hurt the price of Apple stock today either. ;-)

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Old April 5th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #13
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Can't wait to see someone confirm that DVRACK will work on a MacBookPro. That'll ROCK!
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Old April 6th, 2006, 08:18 AM   #14
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Can't wait to see someone confirm that DVRACK will work on a MacBookPro.
Here ya go: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=64442

And here's an article from MacWorld that describes the install process on a Mac Mini and provides some first impressions. They were particularly impressed with the graphics performance: http://www.macworld.com/2006/04/firs...mpfl/index.php
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Old April 7th, 2006, 02:33 AM   #15
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The mac-book pro is shaping up to be THE laptop for video users.
You can get Final Cut Studio (Mac), Avid (PC), DVrack(PC), Adobe apps (mac or PC), Vegas (PC) etc..

All on one computer!

It's an uber-editor...
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