Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Windows on a Mac Revisited

I guess I stand corrected - or do I? Today, Apple released a beta of Boot Camp it's dual-boot loader for Windows and MacOS on its Intel based macs. A few weeks ago I opined in this very space about why anyone would want to convert a mac to run Windows. Clearly one would think that my thoughts were contradicted by Steve Jobs with an exclaimation point. But that is not the case.

I still wonder why anyone would exclusively want to take their very expensive Mac and run windows on it. Seriously, If I was going to buy a mac, it would be to get away from windows and not take the Applepeal (pun intented) of the iPod and bring it mainstream. But dual-booting, well, that's another story.

Dual-booting, to some extent, helped boost linux usage. Why? Because it enabled people to make the switch without having to completely abandon windows altogether. But Linux never quite made it on dual-booting simply because it made the already-difficult process of installing linux a little more difficult for Joe non-techie. That's what Jobs and co. have up on this software - they have a piece of Consumer oriented software that makes it easy to determine which way to go when the machine is booted and is easy (seemingly) to configure.

Oh, there's just one more thing (couldn't resist) - if you were going to put windows on a mac, which method would you rather use - the one provided by Steve Jobs, or the convoluted 'might fry your motherboard' way?

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