“The Texas man who jumped-started the effort to get Windows XP to dual-boot on Intel-based Macs posted the winning solution on his site Thursday, and said the contest’s cash prize of nearly $14,000 had been won by a pair of Californians,” Gregg Keizer reports for TechWeb News. “In January, Colin Nederkoorn of Houston began taking donations for a prize to be awarded to the first developer who came up with a way to boot an Intel Mac into either Mac OS X or Windows XP. Within days, he had raised thousands. Nederkoorn had a selfish reason for the contest: He wanted to downsize from two machines — a PowerPC-based Mac and a PC running Windows — that he was using at work to just one, an Intel MacBook Pro he’d ordered as soon as Apple debuted the new systems.”
“Two men collaborated to come up with the solution, said Nederkoorn. Although he said they lived in California, he wouldn’t disclose their names, saying that they wanted to remain anonymous for now,” Keizer reports. “To produce a dual-boot Mac, users must customize a Windows XP installation CD by burning a new disc that includes the custom bootloader files. The Mac must also be partitioned — a disk partitioning utility is included with the machine — so that Mac OS X and Windows XP can co-exist on the same drive. Nederkoorn was very satisfied with the solution. ‘The Mac runs Windows extremely well,’ he said… ‘There are driver issues right now. There’s not a good video driver for Windows XP,’ he said. ‘And the Mac crashes when you shut down Windows. People are going to need to talk to each other and share [information]… I think this could be a big boom for Apple,’ Nederkoorn agreed. ‘On a dual-boot, Windows is directly accessing [Intel’s] Core Duo [processor]. I’ve never had a laptop this fast.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we asked back in early June 2005, using “Dell” as a stand in for all Windows box assemblers, “Why buy a Dell when Apple ‘Macintel’ computers will run both Mac OS X and Windows?” Wait until Wall Street figures this one out. With a few issues left to iron out, it’s almost time to shut down the company and give the money back to the shareholders, Mikey.
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