Windows XP running on Intel-based Apple Macintosh

“We now have Windows XP running on the Intel-based Macintosh — as a guest operating system under the Linux version of VMware. This is quite exciting and promising, especially since the performance of Windows XP seems quite amazing (based on our limited test run so far) — mind you, the kernel and the environment we are using are experimental and unoptimized, so it would not be unreasonable to expect even better performance,” Amit Singh reports.

“To anybody who has used Windows XP under Virtual PC on the PowerPC version of Mac OS X: you will simply be blown away by how fast Windows XP runs under VMware on the new hardware,” Singh reports. “we have so far been unable to find time to create a Knoppix distribution for general use — it is on our priority list.”

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53 Comments

  1. The advantage of running it as a Guest OS under Q instead of having to boot your lovely Mac into cruddy old Linux is that you get to use OSX on your Mac, and run your Windows apps where they deserve to be – in a window on the desktop (or full-screen if you really want to).

    Q runs Windows so fast, even under emulation, that this solution is more than satisfactory. If you want to run Windows so badly on your mac that you need to boot it into Linux first, then why bother? Just go buy yourself a beige box.

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