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Old 5th April, 2006, 04:12 PM
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Apple Corp promoting XP use on Intel-Macs?

Had a few minutes on my hands today to read through some articles.
Stumbled across this...

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/ptech/0....ap/index.html

Apple Corp. is allowing users to install (and provided them with guides) for
the use of Windows XP on their machines now. Apple will not "support" the OS, however they provide step-by step instructions and their named "Boot camp"
software to allow the user to choose what OS to boot into.

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Old 5th April, 2006, 08:25 PM
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I've not read up on this. But as for the why, if there are Apple customers who want to dual boot Windows, and it is easily done, I don't see a down side for Apple. They've stated up front that they won't support it, use at your own risk. Perhaps there are applications that some people need that don't have Apple OS equivalents. I can imagine someone in a position to have to travel with both an Apple laptop, and a PC laptop, because of certain specific needs they might have. Obviously this would be a blessing to someone in that position.

Think about this; Apple can boast that their machines can run both their OS, and the other guys. No PC manufacturer can make that claim (not legally anyway).
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This is excellent news! Prior to this, installing Windows on your Intel Mac was sometimes extremely difficult and required a decent bit of technical knowledge. You had to install a custom bootloader and do some other command line fiddling to get it to work. The OS X setup is MUCH easier and user-friendly than the XP setup is, and I believe that the same will hold true for this new software. The best part about this software is that it includes working drivers for nearly all of the hardware in the computer, including the graphics card. Previously, you had to download custom-made drivers from the internet and some drivers (graphics cards for example) had yet to be written. The only sad part about this is that my computer is older and doesn't have one of the Core Duo processors.

It certainly appears as though the time of people saying "I don't own a Mac because I play computer games" is coming to an end.
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I"m just pondering the exact benefits this could have for Apple?
Is it possibly a step to a dedicated series of machines for gaming?

Yes, I agree, the era of "I game therefore I dont own a Mac" seems to
be slowing down to a crawl. I wonder if Apple Corp. realizes the sales
increase that could be had if they were to begin doing such a thing.
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Mac OS X setup is easier then Windows XP's??? it practally installs itself, what does Mac OS X do :| this is a must see.
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I've not read up on this. But as for the why, if there are Apple customers who want to dual boot Windows, and it is easily done, I don't see a down side for Apple. They've stated up front that they won't support it, use at your own risk. Perhaps there are applications that some people need that don't have Apple OS equivalents. I can imagine someone in a position to have to travel with both an Apple laptop, and a PC laptop, because of certain specific needs they might have. Obviously this would be a blessing to someone in that position.

Think about this; Apple can boast that their machines can run both their OS, and the other guys. No PC manufacturer can make that claim (not legally anyway).
OK, I'll buy that. Thanks Repo Man!
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Mac OS X setup is easier then Windows XP's??? it practally installs itself, what does Mac OS X do :| this is a must see.
Yes, actually installing the OS isn't tough. However, I find the method it uses to partition the disks archaic. In OS X, you get a window much like the one below in order to do whatever you'd like to the disk. Also, (and this has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the installer) everything is displayed at full resolution instead of that icky blue screen. I guess what I'm saying is that it (by default) uses a GUI to take you through the process.

On a semi-related note, the install discs have some excellent 'emergency' utilities to repair problems that may occur on your drive. For example, you can repair the permissions of the system files or fix the partitioning if something gets messed up. The only options I've seen on the XP disk are "reinstall windows" or "nuke your drive and start over."
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If something by accident or design is corrupted or removed from your OS files, you could just expand off the disk, but there is a "repair" function too....not much good it does though.
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I saw this photograph on the internet today and thought it was just too good to keep to myself!
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